TGA quells panic over PIP breast implant ruptures

THE Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says there is currently no evidence that Australian women who received silicone gel breast implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) filled with sub-standard silicone are at an increased risk of rupture.

The statement was the outcome of an expert panel convened by the TGA on Wednesday in response to global panic over the safety of the implants.

While women who have received the implants in other countries including France and Venezuela have been advised to have them routinely removed, the TGA says there is no immediate need for Australian women to do so. 

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on Wednesday backed the French recommendation to remove all PIP implants.

President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Associate Professor Rod Cooter, who is on the TGA’s expert panel, defended the TGA’s stance, telling Medical