Breast Implant Risks

Allergan Biocell Safety Alert: On July 24, 2019, the FDA announced it requested Allergan to remove certain textured surface implants from the US market.

Allergan announced a worldwide recall of certain textured breast implants due to a rare form of lymphoma that may develop in the tissue surrounding certain types of breast implants. If you or a loved one have been implanted with a recalled Allergan textured breast implant, we’d like to talk to you. Give us a call at 1.800.887.8029 or fill out our free case review form to learn more about your options.

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Allergan Biocell Breast Implant Recall

On July 24, the FDA announced it requested Allergan to remove certain textured surface implants from the US market. The FDA cautioned that the available data shows the risk of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) with Allergan implants is six times higher compared to textured implants from other manufacturers.   In response to the FDA’s request, Allergan issued a worldwide recall of their Biocell textured breast implants.

According to the FDA Safety Communication, “The FDA’s analysis was attributed to a new worldwide reported total of 573 unique BIA-ALCL cases including 33 patient deaths.”  Allergan’s textured breast implant BIA-AICL recall includes the following implants:

  • Allergan Natrelle Saline-Filled Breast Implants
  • Allergan Natrelle Silicone-Filled Textured Breast Implants
  • Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone Filled Breast Implants

Additional information about the exact style names included in the recall and the FDA’s recommendation for women with a recalled implant can be found on the FDA’s Safety Communication.

Symptoms of BIA-ALCL:

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Often it is found in the scar tissue surrounding the implant. If not treated quickly, it can be serious and lead to death. Symptoms that have been reportedly associated with BIA-ALCL include:

  • Persistent swelling or pain in the area of the implant.
  • Breast lump or lumps.
  • Fluid buildup.
  • Hardening of or mass around the implants.

If you are having any of these symptoms or other complications with your implants, you should contact your doctor to discuss your condition.

Breast Implant Lawsuits

Since 1997, Zimmerman Reed has helped hundreds of women who have experienced injuries from their silicone breast implants, in both In re: Silicone Gel Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 926), and in the Dow Corning breast implant settlement. Our extensive experience representing women who have been injured by breast implants in the past will help us individually advocate for women who have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one were implanted with Allergan breast implant and were later diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, you may have a legal claim. If you would like more information about your legal options or would just like to talk with a lawyer experienced in this litigation, please give us a call at 1.800.887.8029 to learn more or fill out our free case review form. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in handling defective medical device cases and we welcome any questions you may have.