Consumer group questions review of breast implants

January 6, 2012 Off By administrator

Consumer group questions review of breast implants
News from Yahoo Finance:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer safety advocates are questioning the Food and Drug Administration about seemingly incomplete and erroneous data used to affirm the safety of silicone breast implants last year.

The FDA concluded last summer that the silicone-gel implants are basically safe as long as women understand they come with complications. More than one in five women who get implants for breast enhancement will need to have them replaced within five years, the agency’s report concluded.

In August, an outside panel of physicians affirmed the FDA’s decision that the devices should remain available for both breast enhancement and reconstruction.

But the National Research Center for Women and Families says the FDA did not present information that showed women reported lower emotional, mental and physical well-being after implantation. Additionally, the group questions why figures presented by the FDA appear to show implant complications declining over time. T…………… continues on Yahoo Finance

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Doctors feel helpless over patients’ online slams
News from Philadelphia Daily News:

Like many doctors, Benjamin Schlechter, a plastic surgeon near Reading, frets about the power the Internet has given disgruntled patients, competitors – anybody, really – to bash his practice more efficiently than any town gossip could ever imagine.

A growing number of consumer review sites – one expert estimates there are close to a hundred – let patients evaluate their doctors, and the results can be brutal. Then there are the online chats, Facebook pages, and blogs where patients can praise or criticize doctors. The doctors feel they can’t fight back publicly because of patient privacy protections.

“It’s really a problem, to be quite honest,” Schlechter said, referring to “this online baloney.”

Schlechter now tries to combat the handful of negative reviews by asking happy patients to post.

Still, to his great frustration, he has what seems to be an unfixable problem on his own attractive, well-designed website. Go to the directi…………… continues on Philadelphia Daily News

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