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Dutch Health Ministry Expands Warning on Implants

Posted March 16th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Dutch health officials have expanded a warning to women to consider removing breast implants made by defunct French firm Poly Implant Prosthese. The Netherlands Health Inspectorate said in a statement Thursday, women who had PIP’s implants before 2001 should be checked by their doctors because of the risk of leaks. Initially health officials warned women […]

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France Urges Tougher Controls After Implant Scandal

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Health authorities in France are calling for tighter safety controls on medical devices in Europe following a global health scare caused by a defective French-made breast implant. A report released by the health department and the consumer safety board calls for stronger national and European monitoring, as well as increased inspections, with both regular and […]

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Former Executive of French Implant Company Arrested

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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French police say a former top executive of a defunct breast implant company at the center of a health scandal has been arrested. Officials say Jean-Claude Mas of Poly Implant Prothese was taken into custody early Thursday at his home in southern France. The arrest was made in connection with an investigation into possible charges […]

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Britain Says No Need for French Implant Removal

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s government says it sees no need for the routine removal of breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese, despite an international scare over the firm’s use of industrial rather than medical silicone. France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and other nations have recommended that their citizens have the implants removed or monitored, saying […]

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Czech Officials Recommend Removal of French Breast Implants

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Czech Health Ministry has advised Czech women who have breast implants made by a French company to have them replaced, after news the company used industrial-grade silicone that is prone to rupturing. There are an estimated 2,000 women in the Czech Republic with the implants from the Poly Implant Prothese company. On Thursday, French […]

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French Health Minister Calls for Tighter Regulations After Breast-Implant Scandal

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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French health minister, Xavier Bertrand, has called for the European Union to impose stiffer rules on medical devices, after a breast-implant scandal that affected thousands of women. Bertrand said Thursday that the EU should devise a special authorization for medical devices similar to that of prescription medications. His call came after a French company, Poly […]

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Arrest Warrant Isssued for Head of French Breast Implant Firm

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of a now-defunct French breast implant company is being sought by authorities in Costa Rica for what are described as “life and death” offenses. Jean-Claude Mas is founder of Poly Implant Prothese , a firm that was shut down last year after the discovery it was using inexpensive industrial-grade silicone to manufacture its […]

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French Authorities to Issue Report on Breast Implants at Center of Health Scare

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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French health officials on Friday are expected to release the results of an inquiry into whether breast implants produced by a now defunct French company might cause cancer. Hundreds of thousands of the implants were used by women, most of them in South America and western Europe, for cosmetic surgery or to replace lost breast […]

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France: Some Breast Implants in Question, Brits Say No Issues

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Around 30,000 women in France and possibly tens of thousands more around the world are facing the prospect of needing to have defective breast implants removed after several suspicious cases of cancer. Health officials said Tuesday that the implants were made by the Poly Implant Prothese company. The company’s implants were taken off the market […]

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France: Tens of Thousands May Need Breast Implants Removed

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Around 30,000 women in France and possibly tens of thousands more around the world are facing the prospect of needing to have defective breast implants removed after several suspicious cases of cancer. Health officials said Tuesday that the implants were made by the Poly Implant Prothese company. The company’s implants were taken off the market […]

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