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Counterfeit breast implants lead to medical malpractice lawsuit

Pennsylvania women who undergo cosmetic surgery want to feel confident that they will not be exposed to dangerous products that are unapproved by the Federal Drug Administration. A plastic surgeon in another state is facing several charges that were filed in federal court alleging racketeering, fraud and more. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by four women who allege the doctor used unapproved implants for breast augmentation procedures. It is further contended that counterfeit drugs were used for injections to get rid of wrinkles.

According to the complaint, until the discovery of the alleged fraud, one of the plaintiffs was an employee of the defendant. This plaintiff contends that the plastic surgeon instructed her to place an order for a breast implant that was approved by the FDA. A photograph of this implant then had to be included in the recipient's medical records, while she actually received counterfeit breast implants.

Images of a chemical labeled "Botox" were included with the lawsuit, showing a bogus chemical that was previously the subject of an FDA alert. The lawsuit claims that the implants and the "Botox" -- both imported from China -- were used in medical procedures without the approval of the FDA or the knowledge of the patients. This lawsuit will likely cause concern for many women who received breast implants while under the defendant's treatment.

No person's health should be jeopardized by fake medical products, and victims of such fraud have the right to pursue financial relief. In cases such as this one, victims will likely have to go through additional surgical procedures to remove the dangerous breast implants. Along with the financial losses, these victims will likely also have suffered severe emotional trauma. With the help of a medical malpractice attorney, compensation for all documented emotional and financial damages may be obtained via a successfully presented claim in a Pennsylvania civil court.

Source: bonnercountydailybee.com, "Idaho women sue doctor, claim they got counterfeit implants", Rebecca Boone, May 3, 2016

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