15 May 2012
The safety of PIP breast implants was brought into question four years before they were removed from the market.
According to a report detailed by health minister Lord Howe, surgeons got in touch with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency back in 2006.
The contact was made so that medical professionals could detail their concerns that they believed PIP breast implants were splitting at a more frequent rate than alternatives on the market.
Despite this warning, the products were not removed from the market until March 2010, by which point around 50,000 women in the UK alone had opted for PIP implants.
Fazel Fatah, consultant plastic surgeon and president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, acknowledged: "Poor post-marketing surveillance of medical devices lies at the root of the PIP crisis."
PIP breast implants – which were developed in France – raised concerns across the globe when it was revealed that the products contained industrial silicone rather than medical-grade fillers.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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