Over 1,500 women in Venezuela have filed a lawsuit against Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) distributors in an effort to garner funds to have the the company’s defective silicone breast implants removed. Another group of 500 women in Argentina is asking the European Government to establish a fund to compensate foreigners who received the banned implants.
“The first goal is to have this fund created because of the responsibility and the liability of the European Union,” an attorney for the plaintiffs said. He also said that officials should have done more to ensure the safety of the implants before they were sold. “This is the only way for Argentinian women and for all the victims in the world to be indemnified,” CNN reported him as saying.
Europe banned the PIP implants last year after discovering the implants were made with a dangerous industrial grade silicon, which leaks into the breast tissue as the implants are prone to rupture.
The French government is paying to replace the dangerous implants in nearly 30,000 women.
Nearly 300,000 women in 65 countries have received the defective implants before they were banned in 2010, and the company went bankrupt.