In a surprising but admirable move, the Colombian government has announced that it will pay for the removal of PIP implants. As we discussed at our sister site, Cartagena Surgery, recent disclosures that the French company knew their breast implants were defective as far back as 2005 has sent shock waves of outrage through the medical community. Further disclosures that the implants contained substandard construction grade materials (not medical grade) and fuel additives which contributed to the exceedingly high rupture rate (7% versus an average rate of 1% for all other implants) has important health implications for women world-wide.
In the wake of this scandal, hundreds of thousands of women across the globe, particularly women in Latin America where the implants were heavily marketed, have been panicking and storming physicians’ offices for answers.
(In a related post at our sister site – we reassured readers who received implants in 2011 by some if the surgeons profiled here..
With the French government advising over 30,000 french recipients of these implants to have them removed promptly, this goodwill gesture by the Colombian government should go far to reassure and calm Colombian women.
Update: 14 Jan 2012
Medpage Today just published a nice comprehensive article on the Poly-Implant Prostheses (PIP) implant controversy. It’s a good story for people playing catch up on this story – and wondering if they may be affected by this news.