Intact PIP implants do not need to be removed, European report confirms

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 31 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6567
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

A European report has backed the findings of an expert group set up by the UK government that concluded that intact silicone breast implants manufactured by the French firm Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) do not need to be removed as a precautionary measure.

PIP went into administration in 2011, and its implants were banned amid concerns that they contained non-medical grade silicone, which articles in the French media linked to a small number of cases of cancer.1

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks report on the safety of PIP breast implants, published this week, confirms that there are currently no convincing medical, toxicological, or other data to justify …

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