MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A French court this week ruled in favor of a slate of patients that a medical device inspection services provider must repay patients affected by a high-profile recall over sub-par breast implants.
The court held accountable TUV Rheinland, a quality and safety inspection services provider who was responsible for issuing passing safety certificates to PIP, according to a BBC report. TUV may be on the hook to pay as much as $68 million to the 1,700 patients and 6 distributors who signed on to the lawsuit.
Late in 2011 French regulators discovered that PIP had been sneaking substandard silicone into its breast implants for more than a decade. French authorities launched a criminal investigation after receiving 2,000 complaints from women who received the PIP implants.
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