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The Bleeding Edge Hero of the Week: Jeanne Lenzer

By August 14, 2018Uncategorized

“The FDA is supposed to protect the public interest. Unfortunately, their behavior shows that they have been captured by industry.”
—Jeanne Lenzer

Jeanne Lenzer is a renowned award-winning medical investigative journalist and author, whose critical investigations have previously appeared in outlets such as the Atlantic, the BMJ, USA Today, New York Times, and Huffington Post.

Her first book, The Danger Within Us, is a ground-breaking exploration of the medical device industry, and how its financial influence may undermine public health. Her research helped provide important facts for “The Bleeding Edge” documentary, offering eye-opening statistics about the harms caused by poorly tested medical devices.

With an estimated one in ten Americans slated to be implanted with a medical device over their lifetime, Lenzer has continued to bring forward the issue to the American public via her book and recent articles in outlets such as the New York Times and Discover Magazine. Lenzer is also a fierce advocate for responsible journalism around medical device safety, explaining that “journalists should refrain from covering medical devices unless they have the time and expertise to take a deep dive…’industry is good at concealing bad outcomes…it takes a lot of time and effort to suss out what’s true and what’s not.’”

“The Bleeding Edge” filmmakers are grateful to Jeanne Lenzer’s commitment to exposing the grave issues in the medical device industry, and her steadfast dedication to educating the American public on it.

Watch Jeanne Lenzer  in the Netflix Original documentary, “The Bleeding Edge”, and read The Danger Within Us.