PIP Silicone Implants Recalled in France

Public Health Authorities in France have called for recipients of PIP, Poly Implant Prothese, silicone breast implants to come forward and have them removed. Authorities in the Britain and Brazil are encouraging women to carefully monitor their implants and visit surgeons for periodic check ups. The now defunct manufacturer utilized a non-medical grade form of silicone that has been linked to an increased failure rate, in the form of ruptures, and potentially ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) cancer that has proven fatal in some reported cases.

REUTERS is reporting that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a Warning Letter to the manufacturer in 2000 citing the product as adulterated and noting at least eleven (11) deviations from good manufacturing practices. How the same problems escaped the scrutiny of French authorities and other international watchdogs remains unclear. The REUTERS story, “INSIGHT: FDA WARNED PIP ON BREAST IMPLANT SAFETY”, by A. Yukhananov, outlines FDA’s warning letter to the French based “Poly Implant Prothese” as concern grows worldwide over the silicone product then made at La Seyne Sur Mer in Southeastern France.

Sadly, it is believed hundreds of thousands of women may be impacted worldwide, with estimates exceeding 300,000 women in Europe, South America and Britain. Read More...