- Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, The World Health OrganisationThe World Health Organisation
- Teresa MayPrime Minister Great Britain & Northern Ireland
- Vytenis AndriukaitisCommissioner, Health and Food Safety
Toxic PIP Implants: World Health Crisis
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"It’s not a debate about cosmetic surgery ...
It's a serious health problem"
The toxic chemicals in the fraudulent shells and fillers of PIP breast Implants seep out into surrounding body tissue, migrate into body organs, can cross the placenta and can be found in breast milk. These toxic chemicals make women very sick and many report debilitating symptoms directly linked to silicone toxicity.
- Commissioner for Health and Food Safety - European Commission
- The World Health Organisation
Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, The World Health Organisation
- Prime Minister Great Britain & Northern Ireland
- Commissioner, Health and Food Safety
International Health Crisis: PIP Breast Implants
On the 7th December 2011, following the death of 53yr-old Frenchwoman Edwidge Ligoneche, French Health Authorities warned of serious health concerns associated with non-compliant PIP breast implants.
It emerged that European safety regulators failed to protect the health of more than 500,000 women in 65 countries, by allowing non-compliant implants onto the world market carrying the European Union CE Mark guarantee of compliance and safety.
The company manufacturing PIP Breast Implants in France, was substituting approved materials with unknown chemical cocktails of untested and unauthorized raw materials, unfit for human use. PIP relied on unqualified staff and unknown manufacturing techniques to produce prosthetics intended to be implanted into the bodies of women including those undergoing breast reconstructive surgery following breast cancer and mastectomy.
Motivated by greed, JC Mas, PIP’s owner, carried out a hateful and unimaginable crime, impacting on the health and welfare of 1/2million women, their families and children around the world.
The toxic chemicals in the fraudulent shells and fillers of PIP breast Implants seep into surrounding body tissue, migrate into body organs, cross the placenta and can be found in breast milk. These toxic chemicals make women very sick and many report debilitating symptoms directly linked to silicone toxicity. We are gravely concerned for our health and for the health of our babies and children.
Toxic PIP breast implants have a devastating impact on women’s health and well-being, our families, relationships and work. We fear for our long-term health, our fertility and the health of our children.
Evidence clearly shows PIP implants have exerted substantial negative effects on women’s health, family life, poverty, and economic development.
We want our governments to recognize the crisis and the failures of the Safety Regulators who should be policing the manufacturers and the commercial clinics, with more concern for our health than their profits. National policies based on limited data, which prevent access to the healthcare and treatment we so desperately need, have to be changed urgently in line with Article 152 of the Amsterdam Treaty.
The WHO has recognized the PIP Implant scandal as a Health Crisis. Health Crisis Funding is necessary to help the large numbers of women and children affected into urgent, healthcare, treatment and on-going monitoring.
In the EU, as many as 100,000 women have been exposed to EDCs, toxins and carcinogens in PIP implants. We are victims of international health fraud and of discrimination by our national governments and EU scientific committees in poorly conducted risk assessments, which have failed to adequately assess the implications and dangers of leaking and ruptured PIP implants and the mental stress and trauma associated with them.
The European Commission has failed to recommend the removal of non-compliant PIP implants, which has led to unnecessary pain and suffering for large numbers women, it has refused to help women with health information and guidance or provide access to collective redress.
Women’s Rights to consumer protection and physical safety from non-compliant surgically implanted medical devices have been grievously undermined by the European Commission in attempts to limit liability and accountability of regulatory authorities.
Women internationally are calling on the WHO to take immediate action. Women in the UK are also calling on the British Prime Minister, Teresa May and the European Commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis to take immediate action to alleviate the pain and suffering of the innocent and vulnerable women, grandmothers, mothers and daughters exposed to the horrors of non-compliant leaking and ruptured PIP implants.
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