Breast Implants Are Back With a Vengeance
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration re-approved silicone implants for the market in 2006, ushering in their worldwide resurgence. The implants had been banned due to leaks and other safety issues, and new reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists casts serious doubt on manufacturers’ safety assurances. In the U.S. alone, 8,242 suspected mishaps were attributed to implants in the first half of 2018, compared with 4,567 in all of 2017. And now European Union officials are under pressure to compel makers of such devices to disclose more safety data.