Senator Xenophon says he will move in the Senate on Wednesday for the community affairs committee to reconvene its hearing on the TGA. “Clearly there are very serious questions as to whether the actions of the TGA were appropriate and timely,” he said. “Potentially there are 4500 women in Australia with these implants.” Between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have implants made with substandard silicon gel by the French company Poly Implant Protheses (PIP). The TGA has recommended against routine removal of these implants on the basis that there is no evidence of an increased rupture rate.
What are these guys in the TGA thinking? They obviously don’t know much about the implants about which they speak.
All silicone gel implants leak to an extent. It is called leeching. So it doesn’t even matter if these implants are ruptured. They still leak. And in the case of the PIP product, the gel inside there is low grade and contains even more than the usual amount of toxins.
My recommendation to all PIP implant patients: “Get them out.”
My recommendation to Australia: “Re-staff your TGA.”
John Di Saia MD