FDA reconsiders silicone breast implant ban

WASHINGTON (April 11)–The US Food and Drug Administration has convened a three-day hearing to hear testimony on whether the 13-year ban on silicone-gel breast implants should be lifted.

Inamed Corp. and Mentor Corp., the last two US manufacturers of the devices, have petitioned the FDA for certification to sell them freely once again in the US.

The issue of silicone implants is still an emotionally charged one in the US. On one hand, the devices are available in more than 60 countries, and studies from the National…

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