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French Breast Implants Sold Under New Name to Dutch

Lawyer says company's founder ready to face courts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2011 2:22 AM CST
French Breast Implants Sold Under New Name to Dutch
A plastic surgeon holds silicone gel breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese that he removed from a patient because of concerns that they are unsafe.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

(Newser) – The potentially dangerous breast implants made by a French company accused of using cheap industrial-grade silicon were sold in at least one other country under a different name, Reuters has found. Implants made by Poly Implant Protheses were rebranded by a Dutch company that sold them to close to 1,000 women. Dutch health authorities have advised the women involved to consult with their physicians.

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An Interpol arrest warrant has been issued for the company's founder, Jean-Claude Mas . His lawyer says the 72-year-old is in France and is ready to respond to any court summons, despite having recently had surgery. The lawyer denied reports that Mas is a former butcher, saying his client worked as a medical sales representative for Bristol Myers before founding PIP in 1991. (Read more breast implants stories.)

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