Faulty PIP breast implant fears deepen

July 30, 2017

Health Minister Xavier Bertrand insisted the removals would be ???preventive??? and not urgent, and French health authorities said they had found nothing to link the implants to nine cases of cancer in women. The death last month of a woman who had the implants and developed a rare cancer - anaplastic large-cell lymphoma - had catalyzed concerns and fears.

On Saturday, Bertrand said that those responsible for the implants must ???answer for their acts.??? ???They were looking to make money, that's the worst thing, on the back of the health of women,??? he told Europe 1 radio.

PIP's website said it exported to more than 60 countries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent an investigator to inspect a plant run by the manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), at La Seyne Sur Mer in southeastern France in May 2000. Shortly afterwards, the FDA sent the company's founder, Jean-Claude Mas, a warning letter saying the implants were ???adulterated??? and citing at least 11 deviations from good manufacturing practices.

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