Latest advice from the NHS for women worried about PIP breast implants

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The latest advice on the issue of PIP breast implants from the NHS is available on the NHS Choices website. This includes information about PIP implants and symptoms to watch for. Concerned women should speak to their GP or surgeon.
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Breast feeding and PIP implants

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The MHRA has consulted clinical experts regarding the risk to infants from PIP silicone gel breast implants in women who are breast feeding. It was considered that PIP silicone gel breast implants would not pose any significant risk. There is also no evidence of any harm to breast feeding infants in women who may have experienced ruptures in their PIP implants. Women and implanting surgeons are encouraged to continue reporting all adverse events involving breast implants to the MHRA adverse incident centre.
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Background and chronology

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This page provides the background and chronology to events relating to PIP breast implants.
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MHRA toxicology testing and collection of clinical findings upon removal of the implant

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This page provides information about MHRA toxicology testing and collection of clinical findings upon removal of PIP implants.
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Press releases and statements relating to PIP implants

23 May 2014 | Press release : Final European safety report about PIP silicone breast implants is published

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today shared the final European report about the safety of the fraudulently manufactured PIP silicone breast implants that concludes that there are no convincing medical, toxicological or other data to justify routine removal of intact PIP implants.

29 Oct 2013 | Press release: New report supports Keogh expert group findings on breast implants

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today shared a new European report that states that there is currently no convincing medical, toxicological or other data to justify the removal of intact PIP breast implants as a precautionary approach.

07 Jun 2013 | Progress report after one year on the MHRA and DH response to the recommendations of the Howe Review into Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants

In January 2012, Earl Howe commissioned a review of the activities of the MHRA into its involvement and handling of the PIP breast implant investigations. This review was published in May 2012, and made fifteen specific recommendations for the MHRA and Department of Health (DH) to act on. This report outlines the substantial progress achieved by the MHRA and DH in addressing the recommendations of the Howe Review, as of the end March 2013.

06 Jun 2013 | Press release: New tracking system for high-risk medical devices in development as the MHRA responds to review on PIP breast implants scandal

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today announced that four NHS trusts have committed to piloting a new tracking system for high risk medical devices that will improve the monitoring of medical devices such as breast implants, heart valves and pacemakers

04 Jun 2013 | Department for Health statement: Swedish regulatory issues report on PIP breast implants

The Medical Products Agency and the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden have published a report recommending the removal of PIP breast implants from patients as a precautionary measure.

30 Jul 2012 | MHRA publishes supporting information into 2010 testing of PIP breast implants

The MHRA and the Department of Health have today published supporting information used in the 2010 testing of PIP breast implants. This is additional to the testing results that were announced in September 2010.  

Safety alerts and reports relating to PIP breast implants

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This page provides link to all the safety alerts and reports relating to PIP breast implants.
Page last modified: 23 May 2014