"Sales are more important than what the [breast implant] shells are made of." That was the stunning reply via email of a Poly Implant Prothese (Pip) marketing genius when the company's sales representatives began questioning the safety of the implants as early as 2005, reports The Australian via Agence France Presse. Pip is, of course, the French breast implant manufacturer that used industrial-grade silicone in its products, which allegedly contributed to higher-than-normal rupture rates. The company was shut down and its products were banned in 2010 after it was learned that industrial-grade silicone was being used.
It is estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries have implants with the nonmedical-grade gel. France and some other countries are advising women to have the implants removed because of the risk of rupture.
For more on this story, see the Daily Mail article with the colourful headline: "The terrifying story of how a former French butcher earned millions from selling faulty breast implants made from mattress filling."