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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

MHRA letter to press - how Daily Star misleads it's PIP readers - just like FIDDAMAN

Letter to the editor



The article "PIP victim hits out over secret test results" is factually incorrect. The article claims that "Test results on the now banned implants are being kept secret …". The results of the MHRA's own previous testing of PIP implants can be found on our web site under

Further testing of the unauthorised filler has been advised by an independent expert group and is now underway. These tests will take some time to complete and the results will be evaluated by the expert group. The results will also be available on the MHRA website once completed.

Additionally, you are incorrect about the Report on PIP implants issued by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks of the European Commission, which can be found on our web site as well as on the web site of the European Commission.

The reports referred to in Jonathan Corke's article are available to the public and I strongly suggest you correct the article. The article is misleading and could add to what is for many women a very difficult and potentially distressing time.

The Government has been clear that women – whether treated by a private clinic or not - who are concerned about their breast implants can get advice from their NHS doctor and are entitled to a free scan if they wish.

Best wishes,

Dr. Susanne Ludgate

Clinical Director

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, LONDON, SW1W 9SZ

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