French company used industrial fuel additives in its breast implants

Thousands of women have had to get their breast implants removed after a French company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), admitted that they had used industrial grade silicone in the implants. Not only was this class of silicone not approved for medical use, but some of it also contained fuel additives. Basically, PIP pumped some plastic bags full of silicone intended for use with fuels and food products - and then sold them as implants. Not surprisingly, the implants had a high breakage rate and many women had to get them removed even before news of the company's misdeeds was made public in 2010.

Now, as investigations into the company continue, we're getting more information about what PIP was putting inside women's bodies.

According to Agence France Presse's Pierre Pratabuy:

France's RTL radio said it obtained an exact breakdown of the materials used in the faulty implants, including Baysilone, Silopren and Rhodorsil, all of which are industrial products never tested or approved for clinical use.

The products, used in the oil or rubber industries, allegedly contributed to the silicone gel implants having a high rupture rate.

French authorities including health safety agency AFSSAPS already knew that the implants contained industrial rather than medical quality silicone, but this is the first time the use of petroleum industry additives has been reported.

Apparently, salespeople at PIP knew that the implants had a high breakage rate as long ago as 2005, but were told by supervisors to keep selling them and not worry about it. Investigators estimate that possibly half a million women around the world have the industrial-grade silicon implants.

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