8 Jan 2012

Germany advises removal of defective breast implants

5:48 am on 8 January 2012

Health officials in Germany and the Czech Republic have advised women with potentially defective breast implants to have them removed.

The implants were made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) and contain industrial grade silicone; authorities say they can rupture while inside the body.

The BBC reports France and Venezuela have already said they should be removed, while the United Kingdom has said there is no immediate need.

Some 300,000 of the PIP implants were sold in 65 countries over the past 12 years.

The implants were banned in France in 2010 after they were found to contain low-grade industrial silicone gel - manufactured for use in mattresses - in place of specialist medical materials.

Medsafe, which administers the medical device database in New Zealand, says the implants are not marketed in this country and are not on the database.