Parker Waichman LLP Breast Cancer Lawyers Discuss Allergan’s Decision to Pull Textured Implants off the Market
Allergan PLC, one of the world’s most powerful medical device manufacturers, removed their textured breast implants from the market after the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines & Health Products in France, the agency assigned to ensure the safety of drugs and medical devices in France, announced a connection between textured implants and a specific type of cancer. Allergan PLC denied any connection between its implants and cancer but removed its textured implants from the marketplace immediately.
Wall Street analysts questioned whether the French agency’s decision would have a longer lasting effect on the company’s stock price because of the specter of Allergan Plc facing numerous products liability lawsuits. The stock analysts asked the right question. At Parker Waichman LLP, we strive to deliver justice for our clients by achieving the best result possible. Our breast implant defect lawyers have tremendous experience taking on major medical device manufacturers like Allergan and winning.
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France’s Drug Agency Recalls Two Brands of Implants
France’s drug and medical device agency recalled two brands of implants manufactured by Allergan Plc. Those two brands are the Microcell, andBiocell textured breast implants. The agency refused to renew the implants’ certifications because another agency declined to renew its certification. France’s central medical agency has monitored the potential connection between textured breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma since 2015.
Textured implants like those produced by Allergan PLC have been linked to causing a specific type of cancer. Women who received textured implants are more likely to develop a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
Textured implants are more commonly used in Europe than the U.S. Notwithstanding, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has analyzed textured breast implants for their link to anaplastic large cell lymphoma. By September of 2017, the FDA received 414 reports of anaplastic large cell lymphoma occurring in women with textured breast implants. Nine of those women died from the disease.
The incidents of cancer were more widely reported in silicone breast implants than saline implants. The FDA received reports that 234 women with silicone implants developed anaplastic large cell lymphoma while 179 women with saline breast implants developed the disease.
The FDA determined that the median age for women who received a cancer diagnosis is 53 years old. Additionally, the FDA found that the average length of time from implant to cancer diagnosis was eight years. Critically, the FDA findings are consistent with the European conclusions. The FDA’s results show that 242 women who received textured breast implants developed anaplastic large cell lymphoma. By contrast, 30 women with smooth surface implants received a cancer diagnosis.
Notwithstanding these findings, the FDA has not issued a recall on textured breast implants made by Allergan Plc or any medical device manufacturer. Allergan Plc continues to have permission to sell textured implants in the U.S. even though the company cannot sell them in Europe any longer.
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