Paris: Doctors in France have removed PIP breast implants from more than 16,000 women and found a quarter of the scandal-tainted products had signs of splitting or leakage, a watchdog said today. A total of 16,426 women have had the implants removed since investigators found the devices were twice as likely to rupture as rival brands, and that French manufacturer PIP used industrial silicone to fill them, the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) said. Of the 28,276 implants that have been removed, 7,186, or 25.4 per cent, were defective, it said. Of these, 4,406 showed signs of splitting in the implants` outer skin, and in 1,976 others, illegal gel was "sweating" through it, the agency said.
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