New timeframe confirmed for faulty breast implants

It was initially thought the use of chemical-grade silicone was limited to implants made during the past decade, but the TGA today said there were indications from European regulators the problem extended back to the late 1990s.

“The TGA again encourages women who have had breast implants as far back as 1998 to contact their surgeon to make sure of the brand of their implant and to attend for a check-up,” a TGA spokesperson said last week.

TGA records indicate the suspect PIP implants were first known to be used in Australia in September 1999.

The regulator also released updated figures on the number of Australian women affected – with 180 reports of confirmed ruptures in women with PIP implants and a further 25 unconfirmed reports which are still being investigated.