Additional 7000 UK women may have faulty PIP implants

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2149
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The scale of the scandal over breast implants made by the discredited French manufacturer Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP) is larger than was first thought.

The government has confirmed that an additional 7000 women in the United Kingdom could be affected by the scandal, which emerged last year when it became known that the now bankrupt French company had used non-medical grade silicone.

The NHS in England has advised women with the implants not to have them removed automatically but to seek clinical advice and, when advised to do so, have them removed. In cases where the devices were originally implanted by the NHS (often after mastectomy for cancer) women are also entitled to have them replaced by the NHS.

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