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FRANCE 17 Apr – 14 May 2013 Frenchmen on trial after global breast implant scare
Jean-Claude Mas, charged with causing involuntary bodily harm and aggravated fraud after selling sub-standard breast im

April 17, 2013 - NULL

FRANCE 17 Apr - 14 May 2013 Frenchmen on trial after global breast implant scare
Jean-Claude Mas, charged with causing involuntary bodily harm and aggravated fraud after selling sub-standard breast implants, goes on trial in Marseille with several former associates. The former head of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) admits using non-medical silicone in implants but rejects allegations that it is more dangerous than types that have passed testing. Up to 500,000 women in 65 countries have received PIP implants. The revelation about the silicone and ruptures caused a global scare that explains the interest in the trial: Mas

FRANCE 17 Apr - 14 May 2013 Frenchmen on trial after global breast implant scare
Jean-Claude Mas, charged with causing involuntary bodily harm and aggravated fraud after selling sub-standard breast implants, goes on trial in Marseille with several former associates. The former head of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) admits using non-medical silicone in implants but rejects allegations that it is more dangerous than types that have passed testing. Up to 500,000 women in 65 countries have received PIP implants. The revelation about the silicone and ruptures caused a global scare that explains the interest in the trial: Mas will be tried in a special facility that will seat 4000-10,000 people and some 180 lawyers. The others on trial are former PIP executives.

Reuters reports that some 4500 complaints of aggravated fraud have been filed against Mas, a former travelling salesman who got his start in the medical business by selling pharmaceuticals. He founded PIP, once the world's third-largest silicone implant producer, in 1991 to take advantage of the booming market for cosmetic implants. It went into liquidation in 2010.

The French government urged women to have the implant removed after a series of ruptures.

AFP reports that an ex-company executive said that substandard gel was used in 75 per cent of PIP breast implants, saving the company some 1 million euros (US $1.3 million) annually. (WRITTEN OCT 2012)

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Date written/update: 2013-04-17