DRAGUIGNAN, France (AFP) – A French court Tuesday ordered the closure of a company making breast implants after health authorities ordered a recall of its products for using non-authorized silicone gel.
The Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) company is alleged to have made the implants fraudulently using unsanctioned silicone gel.
The agency that oversees health care products here, the AFSSAPS, also ordered a ban on new sales of the implants.
Around 90 percent of PIP’s breast implants are exported.
PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) did used to market here in the United States, but only their saline-filled implants. They lost their permission to market certificate here in the US a few years ago. We are still taking them out of patients however. I removed a pair the other day. Their saline implants had a high rupture rate.