November 17, 2006
They're Back . . . Silicone Breast Implants Win FDA Backing
Article in the Wall Street Journal -- Breast Implants Made of Silicone Win FDA Backing, by Rhonda L. Rundle and Anna Wilde Matthews:
Nearly 15 years after banning silicone breast implants in most cases, the Food and Drug Administration approved revamped versions at a time of soaring demand for cosmetic procedures.
Many of the original marketers, who lost billions of dollars in lawsuits related to allegedly flawed silicone implants, are long out of the business. Still, the FDA's approval late Friday will accelerate a push into aesthetic medicine by two companies that are heirs to the U.S. breast-implant business: Allergan Inc. and Mentor Corp.
Both companies are betting big on the burgeoning cosmetic-medicine market. They expect the new implants -- approved for cosmetic augmentation in women age 22 and older, and for reconstructive use in women of all ages -- to draw a generation of body-conscious buyers too young to remember the high-profile health concerns that silicone implants once sparked.
Here are links to related New York Times articles: F.D.A. Will Allow Breast Implants Made of Silicone, by Stephanie Saul; Silicone Implants to Overtake Saline, by the Associated Press; and U.S. Ends Ban on Silicone Breast Implants, by the Associated Press. Mentor has already set up a website to the sell the silicone breast implants: Mentor4me.com.
Here's a link to the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report that did not find a link between silicone breast implants and the illnesses previously alleged in the silicone breast implant litigation of the early 1990s.
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