PiP breast implant scandal 'could be worse than first feared'

16 March 2012

More information has been revealed regarding the controversy surrounding those who sought breast enlargement surgery using PiP implants supplied by a French manufacturer.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley revealed evidence which suggests that up to 7,000 more women in the UK may have been victims of the scandal.

The issues surrounding the PiP implants first came to light after French authorities claimed that only products supplied after 2001 may have been developed using unauthorised silicone gel.

However, new research by UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, has led to the authorities now warning that the scandal may stretch back further than originally thought.

Mr Lansley confirmed: "The French regulator has confirmed this week that more women may be affected by the criminal activity of the French breast implant manufacturer PiP."

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Posted by Philip Briggs

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