Silicone Expert Witnesses & Implant Trial
Silicone expert witnesses may opine on silicone products, silicone polymer and silicone gel-filled breast implants. Five French executives at French company Poly Implant Prothese went on trial in Marseilles, France, over implants found to be unsafe. Over 300,000 women around the world got the implants which has resulted in 5,000 civil plaintiffs. Poly Implant Prothese sold the implants world wide from 2001 to 2010. French authorities advised women to have the the implants surgically removed to safeguard against leaking and the inferior gel releasing toxic substances.
PIP's founder Jean-Claude Mas has admitted filling the implants with a homemade recipe of industrial grade silicone gel. He is under investigation for manslaughter in the death of a woman with the implants who died of cancer. Mas worked as a medical sales representative for Bristol Myers for 15 years before starting PIP. PIP has now gone into liquidation.
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