Sunday, January 1, 2012

Beast implant scandal : UK Government finally orders review of dangers from cheap silicone

The government is to review the risks posed by faulty silicone breast implants after suggestions that more than 3,000 women in the UK could face complications. The reassessment was triggered after a major cosmetic surgery told ministers privately that rupture rates could be as high as 7 or 8 per cent.

About 40,000 women in Britain are believed to have had implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), including hundreds who had reconstructive breast surgery through the NHS. UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had refused to follow suit.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley ordered the urgent review of the safety of silicon implants made by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese after saying he had received new information about them.

But on Saturday Lansley said the NHS medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, would now carry out a review of the situation. The MHRA would also audit its evidence to resolve concerns about the “content and quality of the data that cosmetic surgery providers are sharing with the regulator”.

According to the Independent on Sunday, the move was triggered when a leading cosmetic surgery firm told ministers privately that the rupture rate could be as high as 8%.

The company apparently carried out 4,000 of the implants, but if its estimate is borne out more widely 3,200 women could be affected. British government should order clinics to remove and replace the implants at their own expense, rather than making the taxpayer or the women involved meet the bill.

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