26 January 2012

The founder of a French company which manufactured faulty breast implants has been arrested by police. Jean-Claude Mas was woken by officers at this morning at his partner's house in the south of France. Mr Mas' company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), was responsible for the production of breast implants containing non-medical grade silicone. The company was shut down in 2010 after it came to light that implants had instead contained industrial-grade silicone. According to a report by The Guardian newspaper, a deputy chief executive of the company was also arrested, along with the 72-year-old. They can now be questioned by police for 48 hours. The implants were given to an estimated 400,000 women around the world. News that they contained substandard silicone led to widespread concern at the end of 2011 following the French government's decision to advise 30,000 affected women to have them removed. More than 40,000 women in the UK had PIP implants fitted. However, a review by an expert panel, led by NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, concluded earlier this month that no evidence had been found to suggest PIP implants should be routinely removed. If you are a patient of The Harley Medical Group and you have concerns about PIP, please visit our dedicated PIP information page.