French court says German firm must compensate for faulty breast implants | Reuters

A French court ruled on Friday that German certification agency TUV Rheinland compensate thousands of women for its role in approving faulty breast implants produced by manufacturer PIP until its 2010 closure.
The administrative court in the southern French city of Toulon ordered TUV to pay 3,000 euros ($3,200) to each plaintiff in a giant class action case concerning 20,000 victims across 14 countries, a justice official said.
Poly Implant Proth├Ęse (PIP), the French company at the center of the scandal, sold implants globally over almost two decades until investigators discovered it was passing off low-grade industrial silicone

French court says German firm must compensate for faulty breast implants | Fox News

MARSEILLE –  A French court ruled on Friday that German certification agency TUV Rheinland compensate thousands of women for its role in approving faulty breast implants produced by manufacturer PIP until its 2010 closure.
The administrative court in the southern French city of Toulon ordered TUV to pay 3,000 euros ($3,200) to each plaintiff in a giant class action case concerning 20,000 victims across 14 countries, a justice official said.
Poly Implant Proth├Ęse (PIP), the French company at the center of the scandal, sold implants globally over almost two decades until investigators discovered it was passing off low-grade industrial silicone as a much pricier medical product.
The counterfeit substance was used in implants given to some 300,000 women. About one-quarter of those subsequently removed were found to have ruptured, regulators said, raising concerns over the long-term health effects of exposure to their contents.

German firm ordered to compensate 20,000 women in breast implant scandal | The Japan Times

VAR, FRANCE – A French court on Friday ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay €60 million ($64 million) in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved.
TUV Rheinland was ordered to make a provisional payment of €3,000 to each plaintiff for certifying that implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) met safety standards.
In the far-reaching health scandal, the devices were later found to contain substandard, industrial-grade silicone gel that was seven times cheaper than medical-grade silicone.
“The final amount will be determined after an assessment, but (TUV) is required to make a provisional payment of €3,000” per person, said Laurent Gaudon, a lawyer representing 7,000 women.
Another lawyer, Olivier Aumaitre, representing about 13,000 women, praised the commercial court in the southern port of Toulon for a ruling he said was inevitable given “TUV’s glaring negligence.”
Cecile Derycke, TUV’s lawyer, said the firm will appeal the latest ruling in a long-running saga.

Netherlands. Doubts about breast implants

Netherlands. Doubts about breast implants

Health authorities come to investigate 170 cases of women victims of severe sequelae related to silicone.

Marga van Amersfoort come a long way:  "If I did not remove these prostheses, I'd probably gone.  "  After breast cancer in 2001, the beautician Nijmegen in the east of the  Country - Netherlands , undergoes a mastectomy before being put silicone implants. This is the beginning of a new nightmare, long and painful.

"Nobody could figure out what I had, until I decided in 2012 to remove my implants , she says .  There, my pain has decreased dramatically. "  According to some experts, it suffers from an autoimmune disease associated with a syndrome called Asia,  "  Induced adjuvants  . "  It would be directly related to the presence of silicone in the body.

"My immune system is still very damaged, but it gets better  " ,  says Marga van Amersfoort. She had to close her beauty salon, but she took the reins of the SVS association, which identifies complaints with silicone implants in women. Its founder, Marlou Boots, died in 2010 following a autoimmune disease.

More than 4400 women registered with the association. After years of proceedings, the Dutch Health Inspectorate has finally opened an investigation into the medical records of 170 patients with implants.

It was time, comments Jan Willen Tervaert Cohen, a specialist in immune diseases, University Hospital Maastricht:  "For a long time I took two to three patients per year, with this syndrome. But since 2007 the number has exploded. I am more than 400 patients. "

According to him, approximately 10% of patients carriers of implants are concerned. Five cases of cancer were identified.

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