Brazil bans risky French-made breast implants
Brazil on Friday announced a ban on French-made breast implants at the center of an international furor over their potential rupture risks.
The National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) withdrew its health authorization for the implants, the sale of which had already been suspended since 2010.
Between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries from Europe to Latin America have implants made with sub-standard silicone gel by 72-year-old Jean-Claude Mas's now-bankrupt company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
ANVISA reached its decision after France last week advised 30,000 women to have their PIP implants removed because of an increased risk of rupture.
Brazil had imported 34,631 of the implants, including 24,534 which were sold before the 2010 suspension.
ANVISA advised women to consult with their doctors over the risks of the implants.
France's health ministry has urged women in France to have their PIP implants removed, saying that while there is no proven cancer risk, the prostheses could rupture.
Authorities in several other South American countries, including Argentina, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia, have also banned the PIP implants.
Tuesday Venezuela announced that women with the implants could have them removed for free and Bolivia made a similar offer Thursday.
PIP was shut down and its products banned in April 2010 after it was revealed to have been using non-authorized silicone gel that caused abnormally high implant rupture rates.
According to PIP's 2010 bankruptcy filing, it had exported 84 percent of its annual production of 100,000 implants.
© 2011 AFP