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Sweden calls for the removal of all dangerous breast implants from rouge French producer

Tuesday, 04 June 2013
The dangerous breast implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) which is currently in the bodies of about 4,000 women in Sweden have been recommended to be removed.

The implants which were found to contain dangerous and toxic components rather than the silicone that is usually associated with such product has been determined to be dangerous to the health of those who have them implanted in their bodies.breast-implant-sweden

The French authority, Afssaps in 2010 found that the silicone gel in the PIP implants was different from that specified in the technical documentation. After the ban was declared the French manufacturer acknowledged bankruptcy, which has hampered the investigation of the products and their use as well as refunds.

In a press release, the Swedish Medical Product Agency (MPA) or Läkemedelsverket  and the National Board for Bealth and Welfare or the Socialstyrelsen  has asked the clinics that operated the PIP implants to inform the women about the risks and to operate  and remove them as a preventive measure, unless in individual cases, medical reasons call for abstinence.
MPA stresses that breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) have poorer mechanical durability and contains in some cases a tissue irritant significantly higher rate than other silicone breast implants. 

MPA has collected, analyzed and evaluated PIP implants to assess the risks and potential and health effects. PIP implants have been shown to have reduced mechanical strength, which increases the risk of them bursting, compared with silicone breast implants of other brands.
For that reason, MPA in March 2010 issued market-wide ban for breast implants of the Poly Implant Prothèse brand. Approximately 4000 women had received PIP implants implanted in Sweden, globally this figure has been estimated at about 400, 000.
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