Allergan Breast Implants Recalled for Possible Cancer Link

In July 2019 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration  took significant action to protect women from breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) by requesting that Allergan, the manufacturer of a specific type of textured implant, recall specific models of its textured breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of BIA-ALCL.

Following the agency’s request, Allergan has notified the FDA that it is moving forward with a worldwide recall of their BIOCELL textured breast implant products, including:

  • Natrelle Saline-Filled breast implants
  • Natrelle Silicone-Filled breast implants
  • Natrelle Inspira Silicone-Filled breast implants and
  • Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled breast implants.

The recall also includes tissue expanders used by patients prior to breast augmentation or reconstruction, including

  • Natrelle 133 Plus Tissue Expander and
  • Natrelle 133 Tissue Expander with Suture Tabs.

The recall helps ensure that unused products are removed from suppliers and doctors’ offices.

The agency also issued a safety communication today for patients with breast implants, patients considering breast implants and their health care professionals outlining the known risks and what steps patients should consider when monitoring for symptoms of BIA-ALCL, including swelling and pain in their breasts. The safety communication also lists information about all models and style numbers included in the recall.

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