Over the past 5 years, the Dutch reporting and expertise centre for adverse effects of medical implants (MEBI) has received 977 reports of health problems related to breast implants. An analysis by RIVM has shown that 39% of the reported health problems started 5 or more years after the implant’s placement.
No indication that investigated mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse are unsafe
RIVM has conducted a laboratory study into six mesh implants from different manufacturers used in the Netherlands in 2018. The study revealed no indication that these products are unsafe for patients.
Hypersensitivity reactions to fillers may occur after COVID-19 vaccination
People may experience hypersensitivity reactions to fillers following a COVID-19 vaccination.
Chromium-6 from medical implants not harmful to health
Chromium-6 from medical implants, such as hip or knee implants, does not result in severe health damage.
Most reports received by MEBI in 2021 concerned copper IUDs
More reports of suspected adverse effects from copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) were made in 2021 than in previous years, according to the annual report of the Dutch reporting and expertise centre for adverse effects of medical implants (MEBI).
Shortcomings in the technical documentation of mesh implants intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse used in the Netherlands
After a detailed assessment of the technical documentation of 9 different mesh implants intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse used in NL (2018) RIVM concludes that the safety and performance of these products were not properly substantiated.
More reports of adverse effects of implants in 2019
In 2019, the Dutch reporting centre for adverse effects of medical implants (MEBI) received 397 reports of suspected adverse effects. The reports concerned 462 implants.
Mesh implants intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse
Synthetic mesh are used to treat patients with pelvic organ prolapse.
Air quality Sint Maarten landfill
At the beginning of 2019, the RIVM measured the air quality around the landfill at Philipsburg, Sint Maarten for two weeks. No or hardly any harmful substances were measured.