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Women have had “harrowing” experiences over PIP implants scandal

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4560
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Some women have undergone a “harrowing” experience in trying to deal with the impact of the scandal over breast implants made by discredited French manufacturer Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP).

First hand accounts of the experience of almost 200 affected women in the United Kingdom have been submitted to a web forum set up by the parliamentary health select committee, which published a summary of these comments in a report published on 2 July.1

A scandal emerged last year over now bankrupt manufacturer PIP, which used non-medical grade silicone in breast implants that were given to around 47 000 women in the UK.2 3

In March, the health select committee published a …

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