A new Netflix documentary, “The Bleeding Edge,” debuted worldwide on July 27, 2018. The film is an exposé on questionable practices in the medical-device industry. It claims that the U.S. FDA is not doing enough to protect consumers and that many medical devices reach the market without undergoing enough pre-market testing. “The Bleeding Edge” also sheds light on the financial incentives pharmaceutical companies use to coax surgeons to implant devices.
The surgery scenes are not for the squeamish, but the interviews are just as agonizing. Patients recount suffering from poorly researched and regulated medical devices, including hip replacements, vaginal and hernia mesh, and robotic surgery devices.
One of the devices targeted in the film for not undergoing enough pre-market testing or scrutiny is controversial contraceptive device Essure. More than 16,000 lawsuits have been filed against the device manufacturer, Bayer, with women citing complications from organ perforation to hysterectomies. The documentary follows several women who have been adversely affected by Essure. The controversial birth control device was dropped from the market just a week before the documentary’s release.
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