Early in April France has banned several types of breast implants that are linked to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. The implants that were banned are macro-textured and polyurethane implants.
I have written previously a blog about the link of certain implants to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (click on this link to read previous blog post).
Several other countries like Canada and the Netherlands are planning similar measures. FDA in the United States is investigating whether they should implement these measures as well.
Personally, I believe that New Zealand should do the same. The problem is that we as New Zealanders do not have a good monitoring system of medical devices that are used. At the moment New Zealand Medical Council and Pharmac are looking into measures of controlling and monitoring these devices.
What do you think? Should New Zealand also ban these implants?
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