FDA Breast Implants

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Women who say silicone breast implants ruined their health are pleading with federal regulators to keep tight limits on them.

One Florida woman told a panel of scientists that she doesn't want any other women "to suffer this way." She says her implants broke apart, causing autoimmune diseases.

Another woman says implants "poisoned" her mother.

Thirteen years ago, the Food and Drug Administration barred the implants, except for use in strictly controlled research studies. Now, the agency is considering whether to allow them back on the market.

The FDA opened a three-day meeting with its scientific advisers in Washington. They're debating whether two manufacturers have proved the implants durable and safe enough.

According to a New Jersey plastic surgeon, who says she's installed thousands of the implants, "No medical device lasts a lifetime."

She says any decision should be based on "facts, not politics and emotion."

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