Implant firm 'also made testicles'

 

The firm at the centre of the breast implant scandal also made male chest and testicle implants filled with the same silicone gel, it was reported today.

The male implants are believed to have been exported worldwide but it is unknown how many men had them fitted, according to the French daily newspaper Le Parisien.

It said former employees of the now-closed French company PIP said the firm also created prosthetic silicone testicles - used following surgery for testicular cancer - and chest implants.

Around 40,000 women in the UK have received breast implants manufactured by PIP.

More may also have travelled abroad for cheap surgery in clinics using the implants.

Some British women may also have received Rofil M implants, which were produced by PIP, and used in overseas clinics.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said today that concerned women fitted with Rofil M implants should contact their GP or surgeon.

"Our records show that no Rofil M implants were supplied to UK clinics and hospitals," a statement said.

"If women have been abroad to have Rofil M breast implants, our advice to them, as for women with PIP implants, is that they should not be unduly worried.

"If they have concerns they should speak to their implanting surgeon or GP."

The latest development comes as the Government prepares to issue advice to women tomorrow over PIP implants following a review of the evidence.

In France, officials have told women they should have the implants removed after they were found to contain non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses.

Experts in the UK, including leading plastic surgeons, have been examining British data on rupture rates as well as concerns around the material used in the implants.

The MHRA has said its figures indicate 1% of implants in the UK have ruptured and insists it has found no evidence of a link with cancer, as reported in one French case.

But experts have cast doubt on the UK data, with Fazel Fatah, who is sitting on the Government's review panel, saying there were simply no firm figures in the UK on what proportion of devices had ruptured.

He said there could be a "significant number" of silent ruptured implants that nobody knows about, while a significant number of patients may also not have returned to the clinic where they had their surgery if they suffered a rupture.

His views are backed by another member of the review panel, Tim Goodacre, who also called for all women who have the implants to have them removed because of the "uncertainty and lack of knowledge".

The MHRA said no male implants manufactured by PIP had been distributed in the UK.

A statement said: "No other types of PIP implants - no male PIP implant products - have been distributed in the UK.

"MHRA has checked its adverse incident database and established that we have received no adverse incident reports relating to any PIP implants other than breast implants."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
tech
News
The 67P/CG comet as seen from the Philae lander
scienceThe most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Arts and Entertainment
Ian McKellen as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
film
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Koenig, creator of popular podcast Serial, which is to be broadcast by the BBC
tvReview: The secret to the programme's success is that it allows its audience to play detective
News
Ruby Wax has previously written about her mental health problems in her book Sane New World
people
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Executives - OTE £60,000

    £25000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about Custom...

    Recruitment Genius: Care Workers Required - The London Borough of Bromley

    £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This homecare agency is based in Beckenh...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Executives - OTE £50,000

    £25000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about Custom...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Executives - OTE £50,000

    £25000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about Custom...

    Day In a Page

    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas