PIP founder arrested in connection with manslaughter case

The executive, Jean-Claude Mas, was arrested last night Australian time and taken into custody, where he could be held for 48 hours, a Marseille prosecutor said.

The arrest was made in connection with a manslaughter investigation opened by prosecutors in December.

Prosecutors said police also arrested another former PIP executive.

PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) was shut down and its products banned in 2010 after it was revealed the company had used industrial grade silicone gel that caused abnormally high implant rupture rates, leading to French authorities advising 30,000 women to have their implants removed.

Up to half a million women worldwide may have received PIP implants, with an unknown proportion made from substandard gel, leading to several European countries recommending women have the implants removed.

Australia’s TGA said more than 12,000 PIP implants had been supplied in Australia, reporting