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Criminal investigation over manufacture of PIP breast implants
Breast implants made from silicone
Saturday 28th January 2012
Over recent weeks it has been discovered that a french company have been manufacturing and selling breast implants illegally using poor quality silicone material. This has led to fears that the implants are more suceptible to rupture causing the silicone inside to spead throughout the body with potentially serious health risks. The BBC reports that up to 400,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have been given these implants.
This highlights the importance of careful use of materials in medical implants. In fact the whole case has raised questions over the important regulatory process by which medical implants and other medical engineering technology is licensed for use in patients. This process is something which is taught to students on the Medical Engineering and Materials Science degree programmes at Queen Mary University of London. In deed several of our graduates now work for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Read more on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16543321