Breast Implants Recalled; Linked To Rare Form Of Cancer
Allergan Inc. has issued a worldwide recall of their Biocell textured surface breast implants after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released reported cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare form of cancer developing in patients.
According to the recall, Allergan’s textured surface breast implants will no longer be distributed or sold in any market and are instructing healthcare providers to cease implanting the product in patients and to return all unused implants to Allergan.
The FDA, which ruled earlier this year that the implants could stay in the market, is NOT recommending patients with the recalled implants to have them removed if they are not experiencing any problems.
FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Amy Abernathy, said “Although the overall incidence of BIA-ALCL appears to be relatively low, once the evidence indicated that a specific manufacturer’s product appeared to be directly linked to significant patient harm, including death, the FDA took action to alert the firm to new evidence indicating a recall is warranted to protect women’s health.”
On the FDA’s BIA-ALCL tracking website, of the 573 unique cases of BIA-ALCL, 481 were linked to Allergan manufactured implants. There have also been 33 known patient deaths; of those 33, 12 of the 13 known implant manufacturer was Allergan.
I Have Allergan Biocell Breast Implants; What Are The Warnings Signs That I May Have Cancer?
First, it’s important to note that breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare form of cancer with fewer than 10 patients being diagnosed per year and that it is estimated that over 10 million women have received breast implants, so the risk of developing BIA-ALCL may range anywhere from one in about 1,000 or one in 30,000.
If you have developed BIA-ALCL, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Swelling or fluid accumulation in or around the implant
- Changing in the shape or size of breasts
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek the help of a medical professional immediately.
I Was Diagnosed With BIA-ALCL, Should I File A Lawsuit?
Before considering what your legal options may be, it’s important that you are nursed back to health and that you give yourself every opportunity to seek and receive treatment. After seeking treatment, you should consider speaking with an experienced injury lawyer or defective product lawyer who could help you navigate your treatment and help potentially ensure that your medical costs are all covered if your cancer was related to your defective implants.
A defective product lawyer typically has resources available such as medical experts and scientists who can help determine whether your defective implants were a direct cause of your cancer. Peace of mind is invaluable, and if an experienced defective product lawyer can help you determine the cause of your cancer for virtually no out-of-pocket costs, it’s worth your time to make an appointment with one as soon as possible.
Call The Texas Defective Product Lawyers At Moore Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with lymphoma due to defective implants, it’s time to speak with your Texas defective product lawyers at Moore Law Firm today for your private and free consultation at 1-800-444-2780.