Sub Standard Implants sold to Dutch Firm

Augmenting a scandal that can affect 300,000 women across the globe, Diane Bouhuij, a Dutch health official, reported that a Dutch firm had bought implants made by France’s Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) which is now defunct and under investigation. Renamed as “M-implants”, they were sold by the Dutch firm in Netherlands to about 1,000 women. However, the name of the Dutch company was not revealed. PIP, once the third largest maker of breast implants in the world is found guilty of using industrial-grade in place of medical-grade silicon in some of its implants and this latest. Renaming outbreak has further enlarged the scope of the health controversy.

About 30,000 women in France with PIP implants have been asked to get these implants removed whereas in countries like Brazil and Britain women are suggested to consult their surgeons. PIP’s founder Jean Claude Mas is reported to be ill by his lawyer Yves Hadded, who also affirmed that Mas was still in southern France’s Var region. Hadded stated, “He’s currently in very bad health because he has just undergone a difficult surgery that prevents him from walking. He is worried by the importance this matter is taking on. He is angry at those who pointlessly add to people’s suffering.”
Standard Implants sold to Dutch Firm

Hadded also informed that before founding PIP, Mas worked as a medical sales representative for Bristol Myers, thus, denying the reports which held Mas was a former butcher. However, Mas’ employment record could not be confirmed since the officials at Bristol Myers in the U.S and France were unavailable over the holiday weekend. In defense of the protheses made by PIP between 2001 and 2009, French plastic surgeon Patrick Perichaud said their rupture rates were similar and not higher to the devices made by other companies. He also added that PIP launched a pre-filled version in comparison to the saline protheses made by the other implant makers that had to be filled once inside the breast.

PIP made the first asymmetrically shaped natural looking implants after a 10 year ban of silicon implants was lifted in France in 2001.Although a direct link has not been established between PIP implants and cancer, still this health scandal has spread fears worldwide. Perichaud, who has so far re-operated on 148 women to remove the implants in the light of this scandal, described the health scare as “more psychological than scientific”.

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