Brazil to pay for removal of defective breast implants

January 12, 2012

The government said Thursday it would pay for surgery on Brazilian women to remove defective French-made and Dutch-made breast implants.

The National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) said an estimated 12,500 Brazilian women had been fitted with French-made PIP implants and another 7,000 with Dutch-made Rofil implants.

"Patients with PIP or Rofil implants with rupture problems will be treated by the public (health) system, said ANVISA president Dirceu Barbano.

"The government understands that a ruptured implant implies reparatory surgery that can be done in the public system, like any reparatory surgery. If needed, the implant will be replaced," he added.

For those women who do not have problems with the implants, the government will provide periodic checkups, ANVISA said.

PIP, like Rofil which used the same material, was shut down and its products banned in April 2010 after it was revealed to have been using non-authorized, sub-standard that caused abnormally high implant rupture rates.

Brazil this week will start listing women who have had implants and identify the type of gel used but the move is not linked to PIP and was decided two years ago, according to Jose Horacio Aboudib, the head of Brazilian .

About 1,000 South American women plan to sue the French firm PIP over the potentially faulty the company supplied to about 300,000 women across the world, their lawyer said Tuesday.

Lawyer Arie Alimi said about 500 Argentinian and an equal number from Venezuela were planning to be civil plaintiffs in the probe by French police into PIP and its 72-year-old founder Jean-Claude Mas.

More than 450 lawsuits have been filed in three countries, and French police have placed PIP and Mas under investigation.

According to PIP's 2010 bankruptcy filing, it had exported 84 percent of its annual production of 100,000 implants.

Explore further: Italy seeking women with French breast implants

Related Stories

Italy seeking women with French breast implants

December 22, 2011

(AP) -- Italy's health ministry on Thursday asked hospitals to track down women who received silicone breast implants made by a suspect French company due to concerns the implants may be unsafe.

Dutch urge removal of faulty PIP breast implants

January 11, 2012

Dutch health authorities on Wednesday recommended the removal of breast implants made by now-defunct French company PIP after conflicting reports about the product's safety.

Brazil bans sale of Dutch co's breast implants

January 11, 2012

(AP) -- The sale of Dutch-branded breast implants made by a French company at the center of an international scandal has been banned in Latin America's biggest country, Brazil's health ministry said Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Sustaining biomedical research: Med school deans speak out

May 27, 2015

Cuts in federal support and unreliable funding streams are creating a hostile work environment for scientists, jeopardizing the future of research efforts and ultimately clinical medicine, according to leaders of the nation's ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.