Fears over the safety of silicone breast implants made by a now defunct French firm spread to Australia, South America and across Europe today as French officials prepared to decide if thousands of women should have their implants surgically removed.
The silicone gel implants, made by a company called Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) which was shut down in 2010, appear to have an unusually high rupture rate and have sparked an investigation in France into possible links to cancer.
Some 300,000 PIP implants, which are used in cosmetic surgery to enhance breast size or replace lost breast tissue, were sold worldwide before PIP went bust last year.
"It's not just France that's concerned. We're looking at 300,000 to 400,000 potential victims in the world," said Alexandra Blachere, the leader of a French PIP implant patient group.
She said women from Italy and Spain had been in touch with her with worries about their implants, and she'd seen reports of problems in Venezuela, Brazil and elsewhere.
Britain's drugs watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said, however, that there was no reason for patients to be alarmed and stressed there is as yet no scientific evidence to suggest increased health risks.
MHRA officials said they had talked to other health or regulatory experts from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Denmark and Malta.
"They all agreed that there was no evidence of any increase in incidents of cancer associated with PIP breast implants and no evidence of any disproportionate rupture rates other than in France," it said in a statement.
Founded in 1991, Poly Implant Prothese was based in southern France and for a while ranked as the world's number three maker of implants, supplying around 100,000 a year.
Some 80 per cent were exported abroad, and health authorities around the world said they were watching closely for the results on Friday of an inquiry by France's National Cancer Institute into whether the implants can be linked to cancer.
France has had reports of eight cases of cancer in women with breast implants made by PIP, which is accused of using industrial-grade silicone normally used in anything from computers to cookware.
MHRA said there were also French reports of a woman with PIP implants who died from anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL - a rare form of cancer which affects cells from the immune system.
France's drug and medical device regulatory authority, AFSSAPS, ruled last year that the state would pay for the removal of all the PIP implants but only fund replacements for victims of breast cancer, not those who used them for aesthetic purposes.
A French victims association is pushing for the state to pay for replacements for all women with PIP implants.
France's Health Ministry is expected to make an announcement tomorrow following the National Cancer Institute's findings.
Australia's healthcare watchdog, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), said around 8,900 of the PIP implants had been used in Australian women, some of whom had complained about the devices splitting and leaking.
"The TGA has received 45 reports relating to PIP implants, 39 of which relate to rupture," it said in a statement. It has had no reports of ALCL in Australian women with the implants.
The TGA said women with PIP implants should continue to monitor them and consult their surgeons if they have any concerns. Brain's MHRA said the same, adding that it would be "looking carefully at the French safety statement when it comes out as a matter of priority."
PIP was placed into liquidation in March 2010 with losses of €9 million after AFSSAPS recalled its implants when surgeons reported abnormally high rupture rates.
During a subsequent inspection of its manufacturing site, officials found PIP had started using a type of silicone gel that was not approved by health authorities, but was around 10 times cheaper.
A subsequent investigation found that a majority of implants made by PIP since 2001 contained the unapproved gel.
A solicitor acting for at least 250 British women taking legal action over their PIP implants said the liquidation of the French company had limited the scope for patients' legal action.
"We're suing about half a dozen clinics that have been involved in implanting the PIP breast implants," Mark Harvey, a partner at legal firm Hugh James, told Reuters.
"We would have preferred to sue PIP, obviously, but they are bankrupt so they have no money and no assets."
by Stacie L 7 years ago
A German woman who splashed out on breast implants with a loan from her then boyfriend now fears her assets could be repossessed after she failed to fully reimburse him, the 20-year-old woman told Bild newspaper.Her ex-boyfriend is demanding that she return the 4,379 euros ($5,865) he gave her to...
by Stacie L 6 years ago
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44234992/ … ?gt1=43001Many seniors are getting plastic surgeryA new generation is turning to plastic surgery to mold the perfect bodies theyve always craved: seniors. Sherri Cook is riding that wave. Today, at 75, shes getting breast implants and a breast lift...
by Amanda S 6 years ago
There are so many decisions to be made when choosing to have breast augmentation: Profile (high, moderate, moderate plus), over or under the muscle, saline or silicone, round or tear-drop shaped, and incision (nipple, underarm, or under the breast). If anyone has any advice or suggestions or...
by lanakrtolica 4 years ago
how long do breast implants last?
by melo28 4 years ago
I had breast implants a week ago and when i tighten my cleavage line and flex it looks distorted?
by Marla Rose 6 years ago
Do men prefer women with breast implants, butt implants, sewn in eyelashes, lip enhancements, cheek bone enhancements, weaves or wigs or a woman who is all natural with no implants or enhancements? To be honest do you want something artificial or real? For that you might as well get a...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|