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PIP boss charged

27th January 2012

The owner of a French breast implant maker that sparked a safety scare is to face charges of involuntary injury.

Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) founder Jean-Claude Mas, 72, had been freed on bail of 100,000 euro. In 2010, France banned PIP implants made with the low-grade silicone, amid fears they could rupture and leak in a scare that now covers 65 countries. In France, 30,000 women have been advised to remove the implants but the medical advice in the UK, where 40,000 are affected, is that there is no need for all the implants to be removed.

 

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