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UAE ministry warns against silicone breast implants

Faulty product made by French PIP has not been allowed to enter UAE, health official says

UAE ministry warns against silicone breast implants
PIP has been accused of selling sub-standard industrial silicone in some of its implants

The UAE's ministry of health (MoH) has warned against using the breast implants made of silicone and produced by French manufacturing company, Poly Prothese (PIP).

According to state news agency WAM, the ministry's medical and licensing department issued a circular to all medical districts, public and private hospitals to avoid using the product.

PIP has been accused of selling sub-standard industrial silicone in some of its implants that could potentially affect 300,000 women around the world.

Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for health policies at the MoH said the product has not been allowed to enter the UAE nor registered in the ministry.

However, he added that the MoH accepted registration of similar products which are produced by International British Certified Company based on its quality standards and certifications.

France's health ministry urged removal last week of the 30,000 PIP implants purchased by French women and said public health funds will be used to finance those extractions.

The country's health officials discovered last year that PIP was using a home-made brew of silicone, an industrial variety not approved by health authorities.

* With inputs from Reuters

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