Government Expected To Advise Women Whether PIP Implant Should Be Removed
A report into the PIP breast implant scare is expected to be completed by Friday afternoon; with advice expected on whether women affected should have the controversial implant removed.
In France, where the implants were manufactured, the government has already advised that the implants should be removed, while also making a commitment to paying for the corrective procedure.
It is estimated that around 40,000 women in the UK have breast implants from the French company Poly Implant Protheses, with more having travelled abroad to cheap clinics that use the same product.
Breast Implant Scare – Conflicting Evidence Over Rupture Rates
One of the key factors to be looked at in the report will be the level of rupture rates caused by the PIP implant. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has stated that the rupture figure of the PIP breast implant is as low as 1%. The MHRA has also denied any link to cancer, as has been reported in one French case.
However Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, who ordered the report, has admitted that some of the data received regarding rupture rates had been ‘inconsistent’, sometimes ‘inadequate’ and of ‘poor quality’.
Reporting on the breast implant scare Sky News revealed that in 2005 a consultant plastic surgeon from Los Angeles conducted a test into the rupture rates and found that PIP implants were three-and-a-half times more likely to rupture than a test group.
Dr Grant Stevens compared 500 PIP implants with 500 by another manufacture and found that 15% of PIP implants were found to be ruptured after four years.
It is claimed by Dr Stevens that Poly Implant Prothese asked him not to report his studies.
Reports have also emerged that suggest that the manufacturer knew of the dangers of the implants seven years ago, but covered up complaints from regulators.
Sky News claim to have obtained a letter from PIP’s insurance company accusing them of concealing complaints from surgeons and clinics. The letter said:
“We are observing there are over 4,000 claims. PIP received 466 claims before 1999 and 1,783 claims between 2000 and 2002. Until 2005 our company was notified of only four events.”
Breast Implant Scare – What Should You Do?
If you have any concerns about your breast implants the MHRA are advising you to speak to your implanting surgeon. For further information and updates check with their their website.
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