France To Pay To Remove Breast Implants Made Of Silicone “For Mattresses”

Interesting and scary story out of France.  A breast implant manufacturer, Poly Implant Prosthese, has been accused of using non-medical silicone (made “for mattresses”) in their breast implants.  Approximately 30,000 women in France have these implants, which have an unacceptably high rupture rate.  According to an article in CNN.com:

  • – The French Health ministry is concerned over a possible cancer link
  • – About 30,000 French women have implants made by PIP
  • – PIP implants are not approved for use in the United States
  • – British officials advise women concerned about implants to talk to their doctor
  • This shows the importance of the FDA regulatory process, as long and drawn-out as it may sometimes be.  PIP saline implants were rejected by the FDA in 2000, a very appropriate move.  If you are in the United States, make sure your breast implants are made by either Mentor or Allergan.  A new implant, The Ideal Implant, may be on the horizon, but isn’t FDA approved… yet.

    To read the CNN.com article, click HERE.

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    Responses:

    1. With all of the bad press that breast implants received 15-20 years ago, you’d think that PIP would have been more diligent. Fortunately, the U.S. FDA kept the PIP implants out of the American market, so at least my patients in California are safe.

      Comment by Michael C. Pickart, M.D., F.A.C.S. on January 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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