On Friday 27 July 2012 PIP Action Campaigners submitted evidence to the Department of Health, challenging the quality of the data and conclusions of the Keogh Expert Group Report published 18 June 2012.
British Women and their families are suffering.
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The government has rushed through an incomplete, ill-informed report. Stating that although the implants have a higher rupture rate than many other implants, they are not toxic or a risk to health, even recommending that women with ruptured PIP implants continue to breast feed with them! How can they be sure of this when the MHRA hasn’t done any testing?
Women in Britain were informed by news headlines that the British Regulator MHRA had concerns about PIP implants, just in time for the Christmas Holidays, 23 December 2011.
In fact, the MHRA knew much earlier that there were problems. On the 31 March 2010 the MHRA released a Medical Device Alert recalling all PIP devices to the UK supplier, acting on information from the French Regulator AFSSAPS.
In March 2010 the MHRA were aware, that following an inspection of the French PIP manufacturing plant, most breast implants manufactured by the company since 2001 had been filled with an unapproved silicone gel.
It was the announcement, 22 December 2011, by AFSSAPS confirming the death of a French women, who had PIP Implants and a rare cancer ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) which experts believe is directly linked to silicone. It took 20 months for the MHRA to take steps to inform the British Women!
Even Stephen Dorrell MP, Chairman of the Health Committee stated in the debate 5/7/2012 such a response time was “not adequate”.