Allergan Breast Implant Lawsuit

Hundreds of patients who had breast implant surgery have now been diagnosed with a type of cancer of the lymphatic system, called breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). If you or someone you love had breast implant surgery and the implants used have since been recalled, you may be able to file an Allergan breast implant lawsuit.

You may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Cancer Victims Are Filing Allergan Breast Implant Lawsuits

In July 2019, Allergan, the pharmaceutical company that makes widely-used breast implants, issued a global recall of its BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders.

The recall came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested Allergan voluntarily pull the implants from the market due to a suspected connection to a certain type of cancer of the lymphatic system.

Since the recall, many patients who have been affected have come forward to file an Allergan breast implant lawsuit.

While the FDA has not recommended removing implants if no negative side effects are present, many patients are left scared about an increased risk of cancer and are wondering what to do.

Those who have chosen to file an Allergan breast implant lawsuit allege that implant removal comes at a significant expense, including pain and disfigurement. An Allergan breast implant lawsuit may help pay for costs associated with cancer or implant removal.

Contact us today to discuss a possible Allergan breast implant cancer lawsuit.

Recent News About Allergan Breast Implant Cancer

  • January 2011: The FDA reported a possible link between breast implants and cancer.
  • January 2018: A Dutch study reported on risks of cancer in breast implant patients.
  • March 2018: The FDA reported a rise in cancer cases linked with breast implants, jumping from 359 in the previous year to 414.
  • July 2019: The FDA received a total of 573 reports of cancer linked with breast implants, almost 85% of which were Allergan brand.
  • July 24, 2019: At the FDA’s recommendation, Allergan announced a global recall of BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders.
  • September 2019: An Illinois woman claimed Allergan knew about the link between its implants and cancer long before the recall.
  • October 2019:Two women in Florida filed an Allergan breast implant lawsuit requesting compensation for the costs of implant removal surgery.
  • February 2020: Six women in New Jersey filed an Allergan breast implant lawsuit alleging that the company intentionally downplayed the cancer risks associated with its BIOCELL brand implants.
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What Is Breast Implant Cancer?

Breast implant cancer (breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL) is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a cancer of the immune system.

While it is considered rare, it has become more well-known in recent years.

BIA-ALCL is mainly found in the scar tissue and fluid near the breast implant. It can also spread throughout the body and can be deadly, especially if it is not promptly treated.

Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include:

  • Asymmetry of breasts
  • Breast hardening
  • Changes in appearance of breasts
  • Enlargement of breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Lumps in breast/armpit
  • Pain
  • Rash or redness
  • Swelling
  • Unexplained weight loss

Though the exact number of BIA-ALCL cases is not known, as of July 2019, the FDA received 573 reported cases. Of these cases, at least 33 patients have died.

If BIA-ALCL is discovered early, the prognosis is generally good. Surgery can usually be performed to treat the cancer, and chemotherapy or radiation therapy are sometimes recommended.

Breast Cancer vs BIA-ALCL

BIA-ALCL is not the same thing as breast cancer. BIA-ALCL is a cancer of the immune system that is usually slow-moving.

BIA-ALCL can usually be treated by removing both the breast implants and the scar tissue that forms around the implants. However, some patients have needed more extensive treatment.

Allergan Textured Breast Implants May Be To Blame

Recent studies have shown that of the reported BIA-ALCL cases, roughly 80% have been linked to Allergan brand implants. Reports also show that Allergan’s BIOCELL products are six times more likely to cause cancer than other products.

Out of the 33 reported BIA-ALCL-related deaths, about 36% were associated with Allergan products.

Alarmingly, Allergan breast implant lawsuits have claimed that the manufacturer knew of the cancer risks long before the 2019 recall. The lawsuits allege Allergan began selling implants in 2006 but did not properly report breast implant patient safety concerns.

By the time better safety reporting requirements were put into place, thousands of breast implant patients had already experienced complications.

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Which Allergan Implants Are Recalled?

The FDA issued a Class 1 recall, which is considered the most serious type of recall since it is associated with serious injury or death.

All recalled Allergan textured breast implants and tissue expanders are listed below.

Allergan Natrelle Saline-Filled Textured Breast Implants

  • Style 163: BIOCELL Textured Shaped Full Height, Full Projection Saline Breast Implants
  • Style 168: BIOCELL Textured Round Moderate Profile Saline Breast Implants
  • Style 363: BIOCELL Textured Shaped Moderate Height, Full Projection Saline Breast Implants
  • Style 468: BIOCELL Textured Shaped Full Height Moderate Projection Saline Breast Implants

 

Allergan Natrelle Silicone-Filled Textured Breast Implants

  • Style 110: BIOCELL Textured Round Moderate Projection Gel-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style 115: BIOCELL Textured Round Midrange Projection Gel-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style 120: BIOCELL Textured Round High Projection Gel-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TRL: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Responsive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TRLP: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Responsive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TRM: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Responsive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TRF: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Responsive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TRX: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Responsive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TCL: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Cohesive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TCLP: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Cohesive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TCM: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Cohesive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TCF: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Cohesive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TCX: Natrelle Inspira BIOCELL Textured Cohesive Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TSL: Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Soft Touch Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TSLP: Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Soft Touch Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TSM: Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Soft Touch Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TSF: Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Soft Touch Silicone-Filled Breast Implants
  • Style TSX: Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Soft Touch Silicone-Filled Breast Implants

 

Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants

  • Style 410FM
  • Style 410FF
  • Style 410MM
  • Style 410 MF
  • Style 410 FL
  • Style 410 ML
  • Style 410 LL
  • Style 410 LM
  • Style 410 LF
  • Style 410 FX
  • Style 410 MX
  • Style 410 LX

 

Allergan Tissue Expanders With BIOCELL Texturing

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

Get Legal Help for Allergan Breast Implant Cancer

The Allergan breast implant lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are currently investigating cases involving the link between Allergan breast implants and BIA-ALCL.

If you or someone you love had breast implant surgery and has since been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, or the implants used have since been recalled, you may be able to file an Allergan breast implant lawsuit. If you have a case, you may be eligible for compensation.

To learn more about filing an Allergan breast implant lawsuit, contact Simmons Hanly Conroy.

Sources:

Breastcancer.org. (n.d.). FDA Updates Warning on Link Between Textured Breast Implants and Rare Cancer. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/fda-updates-on-textured-implants-and-cancer

Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (n.d.). FDA issues safety communication on Textured Allergan Breast Implants. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/fda-requests-allergan-voluntarily-recall-natrelle-biocell-textured-breast-implants-and-tissue#list

Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (n.d.). Med Device Rpts of Breast Implant-Assoc Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/breast-implants/medical-device-reports-breast-implant-associated-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma

Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (n.d.). Q and A about Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/breast-implants/questions-and-answers-about-breast-implant-associated-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-bia-alcl

Cleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21078-breast-implant-associated-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma

Grady, D. (March 21, 2018). More Cases Are Reported of Unusual Cancer Linked to Breast Implants. The New York Times. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/health/breast-implants-lymphoma.html

Miller, N. S. (October 28, 2019). 2 Florida women file $5 million lawsuit over recalled Allergan breast implants. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-ne-allergan-breast-implant-class-action-lawsuit-20191028-i6vmlf5ujbd4pct57nwbpzzdui-story.html

Shkolnikova, S. (February 12, 2020). Six women sue Madison-based Allergan, saying breast implant cancer risk was covered up.” northjersey.com. Retrieved May 3, 2020 from https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2020/02/12/morris-county-nj-based-allergan-sued-over-cancer-risk-breast-implants/4724526002/

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