Sunday, January 1, 2012

New UK data 'shows higher risk of breast implant ruptures'

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's biggest cosmetic surgery chain has revealed that rupture rates on allegedly faulty French-made breast implants are seven times higher than previously thought, a report said on Sunday.
The new data from Transform, reported in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, has prompted Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to order an urgent review into the data used to assess the risks to 42,000 British women given the implants.

The firm's figures suggest one in 14 implants made by French manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had ruptured since 2006 - about seven per cent.
If replicated across the industry, this would represent a far higher risk than is currently estimated by Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which puts the rupture rate at one per cent.

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