MHRA Alerts Surgeons Against Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implants

5 April 2010 (Last Updated April 5th, 2010 18:30)

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised surgeons not to use silicone gel-filled breast implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothese. The French medical device regulatory authority informed the MHRA that it suspended the company

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised surgeons not to use silicone gel-filled breast implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothese.

The French medical device regulatory authority informed the MHRA that it suspended the company’s marketing, distribution and export of the products.

MHRA devices clinical director Dr Susanne Ludgate said clinicians should not implant these devices and they should quarantine any stock.

"Once we receive further information about the safety of these products, we will provide further advice on patient management, as necessary, when more information is available," Ludgate said.