Ten Icelandic women are planning to file lawsuit over faulty Poly Implant Prothese breast implants against the plastic surgeon responsible for them and the Icelandic authorities for failing their role of surveillance, the Iceland Review has reported. A local attorney said that more women have shown an interest in the lawsuit.
PIP breast implants were taken off the European market in 2010 after it was discovered that the silicone was of a poor quality. Though originally approved for the market in 2000, manufacturers later changed the production process without authorization and started using a less expensive industrial grade silicon instead of medical grade silicon. PIP breast implants are prone to rupture leakage of the silicon into the breast tissue.
In December, French health authorities recommended that the 30,000 women in France, who have the implants, have them removed.
PIP breast implants have been used in Iceland for nearly 20 years, and approximately 400 women have had them implanted. Plaintiffs’ attorney has met with the plastic surgeon who performed the implant surgery on his clients, who said he was trying to arrange free removal surgery for Icelandic women whose implants have started to leak.
The plaintiffs however want the implants removed for free whether they are leaking or not.