Mr. Jean-Claude Mas 72 year old –founder of now-bankrupt company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) is seem to be fighting back against the international scandal over his allegedly faulty products. Over 300,000 and 400,000 women in around 65 countries from Europe to Latin America have implanted sub-standard silicone gel made by his company.
Many countries have advised over thousands of women to improve their PIP implants as they are highly risk of rupture. Therefore it was seen that government of country like France has advised over 30,000 women to remove this PIP and Venezuela’s government made an announcement of free removal of implants for women with PIP Implants. Hence, various others countries have advised women to have a brief recommendation and consultation about the implants with their health experts and doctors.
But on Monday it was seen that US authorities had already raised the alarm over the company in 2000. Lawsuits filed in the US cite defective merchandise not suited for its intended purpose and violations of consumer legislation by PIP, which was once the world’s third-largest producer of silicone implants.
It is seen that questions concerning the lawsuit of Mas been held over till 2010 and it seen that Mas’s lawyer has been actively defending his client in the press. While talking with AFP on Tuesday, his lawyer said,”He’s at home… he’s not on the run at all. Moreover he can’t walk because he’s just been operated on,” saying he simply “doesn’t want to talk” publicly.
Further he added that Mas freely admits using unapproved silicon gel, but remains adamant it is safe. He said that PIP knew that it wasn’t in compliance but also the silicon gel wasn’t a toxic product. Also the implants can be leakage has not been proven. PIP used two types of silicone in its implants, Haddad said. One of them was an approved gel made by American firm Nusil, but it also used an “identical” homemade gel that was five times cheaper.
According to PIP’s 2010 bankruptcy filing, it had exported 84 percent of its annual production of 100,000 implants. Prosecutors in Marseille, near PIP’s laboratory at Seyne-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean, have received more than 2,000 complaints from French women who received the implants, and are pursuing a criminal investigation. A lawyer representing four French women who received the PIP implants, Laurent Gaudon, said Wednesday they would be suing the manufacturer and their surgeons.
It emerged on Tuesday that the US Food and Drug Administration had already sent a letter to PIP warning of “serious” quality control violations involving its saline implants in 2000. The letter basically outlined quality assurance problems like saline rather than the silicone implants at the centre of the current scandal.
It been seen that the FDA has warned that they “may be symptomatic of serious underlying problems in your firm’s manufacturing and quality assurance systems.” According to Haddad, Mas has worked at pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers (now Bristol-Myers Squibb) before meeting up with plastic surgeon Henri Arion who introduced breast implants to France in 1965. The “aggravated fraud” trail of Mas is due to open late 2012, while after one suspicious death in France, manslaughter inquiry has also been opened.