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PIP breast implants - Clarification of news article

4 April 2013

An article in the Adelaide Advertiser on 2 April 2013 claimed that the TGA National Manager had made certain statements about the quality of the silicone gel used in PIP breast implants. The article said "He [Dr Skerritt, TGA National Manager] also pointed out that in the case of the breast implants, the original product was well tested but a dangerous, cheap chemical was substituted for the safe one." In fact, this was never said to the reporter.

On 4 April 2013 the newspaper clarified that this was the case. TGA's position on PIP breast implants is unchanged. As previously reported, extensive testing by the TGA and other regulatory bodies internationally has not detected the presence of any substances in PIP silicone gel implants that are toxic to human health.