The 30-year fight for breast implant safety

Breast implants are 60 years old, and we are still fighting about whether they are safe or not

Sybil Goldrich and Jamee Cook both suffered after getting breast implants, Sybil in 1983 and Jamee in 1998. Together, they are fighting regulators to get more information to people considering getting breast implants.

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L’agence du médicament retire du marché des implants mammaires

L’ANSM rappelle sa recommandation d’utiliser de préférence des implants mammaires lisses en chirurgie esthétique ou reconstructrice

Communiqué ANSM

Depuis l’apparition en 2011 des premiers cas de lymphomes anaplasiques à grandes cellules associés aux implants mammaires (LAGC-AIM), l’Agence nationale du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM) a mené de nombreuses investigations afin d’étudier le lien entre la survenue de cas de LAGC et la texture des implants mammaires.

Au regard de l’ensemble des informations dont elle dispose, dont des avis d’experts indépendants, l’ANSM considère que la texturation de certains implants macrotexturés et implants à surface recouverte de polyuréthane constitue un facteur de risque dans l’apparition de LAGC-AIM.

Ainsi, l’ANSM prend la décision, par mesure de précaution, de retirer du marché ces implants afin de réduire l’exposition des femmes au risque de LAGC qui reste un risque rare mais grave.Compte tenu de la rareté de ce risque, l’ANSM ne recommande pas d’explantation préventive pour les femmes porteuses de ces implants.

L’ANSM met en place le numéro vert 0.800.71.02.35 pour répondre aux interrogations des patientes. Celles-ci sont également invitées à consulter un professionnel de santé en cas de questions complémentaires.

Compte tenu de la rareté du risque de survenue de LAGC-AIM et de l’avis du CSST, l’ANSM ne recommande pas d’explantation préventive des implants macrotexturés et des implants à surface recouverte de polyuréthane.

Liste des implants mammaires concernés par la décision de l’ANSM

En Savoir Plus

Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration has let medical device companies file reports of injuries and malfunctions outside a widely scrutinized public database, which leave doctors and medical sleuths in the dark

Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Christina Jewett explains how she investigated a Food and Drug Administration database where medical device makers report malfunctions and patient injuries, skirting the public record. Because the cache of information is buried deep within the agency, it’s often hard for physicians, researchers and patient safety advocates to access the information.

What inspired ICIJ investigation into the medical device industry ?

Implant Files, video published by ICIJ, 8 March 2019

ICIJ year-long investigation into the medical device industry started with one reporter — Jet Schouten — and her very original use of a mandarin orange net.

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How to use the International Medical Device Database

Implant Files, video published by ICIJ, 27 February 2019

ICIJ show you how to navigate their public medical device database, now containing 90,000+ records from 18 countries. There you can find safety alerts and recalls for thousands of medical devices.

ICIJfights corruption with the world’s best cross-border watchdog journalism by over 160 investigative reporters in 60+ countries. The home of Offshore Leaks.”

Laura’s breast implant story

Implant Files, video published by ICIJ, 26 November 2018

“Thank you for watching! So thankful to have support. It is a journey I never thought I would have to take, but I hope that my voice is making a difference”.

Laura McCandliss, January 2019.

Read more about ICIJ implant files investigation.

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Meet the people who lived with defective devices

Implant Files, video published by ICIJ, 25 November 2018

ICIJ listened to hundreds of stories from patients with poorly-functioning medical devices. Here are just five of their testimonies.

Read more about ICIJ implant files investigation.

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Why join the Implant Files investigation ?

Implant Files, video published by ICIJ, 25 November 2018

Journalists explain why they decided to investigate medical device harm with ICIJ reporters.

Read more about ICIJ implant files investigation.

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A global investigation into medical device harm

Implant Files, video published by ICIJ, 24 November 2018

Patients around the world have become unwitting test subjects for new medical technology. Often following the trusted advice of their doctors, they have been injured, maimed and killed by poorly-tested implants.

Read more about the their implant files investigation.

ICIJfights corruption with the world’s best cross-border watchdog journalism by over 160 investigative reporters in 60+ countries. The home of Offshore Leaks”.