MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The founder and former head of the French breast implant company at the center of the ongoing controversy over sub-standard breast implants was arrested, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Jean-Claude Mas was detained as part of an investigation into manslaughter and involuntary injury associated with the manufacture breast implants made with non-authorized silicone gel that is associated with high rupture rates.
Mas was arrested in Marseille today, according to the paper.
The detention is the latest news in an ongoing public health controversy that has some questioning the foundation of the European CE Marking program.
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