Labour MEP Phil Prendergast has expressed deep concern over the revelation that more Irish women may have been affected by defective breast implants than previously thought.
Until now, it was understood that Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) using industrial grade silicone had been manufactured between 2001 and 2010.
But the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) said French authorities had informed them that implants using the substandard silicone had been manufactured prior to 2001 by PIP.
The IMB went on to say that “a small number of women” in Ireland may be affected.
Ms Prendergast said: “The most recent tests on PIP implants have not revealed any adverse health implications so that may give some reassurance. Nonetheless, any women who got implants before 2001 will be understandably worried as they would have assumed the issue could not affect them.
“As a health practitioner, I cannot help being concerned because very little is known about the impact of non-medical silicone can have on the body. Anyone who thinks they are affected should contact the clinic where they got the work done immediately
“The European Commission has informed me that tighter regulations will be introduced this year which is welcome but of little use to women who received PIP implants,” the Ireland South MEP added.