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BCNA News 26 Sep 2019

TGA announces implant decision

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today announced that a range of micro-textured and smooth breast implants and breast expanders will continue to be available on the Australian market.

This follows a review of all textured implants and expanders due to a link with a rare form of lymphoma called Anaplastic Large Cell Carcinoma (ALCL).

All macro textured implants and expanders have however been suspended or withdrawn from the market. The TGA will continue to review the evidence around macro textured devices and make a further decision on these in six months.

BCNA has been advised that the majority of expanders used in Australia are micro-textured and so are not affected by the suspension. 

If you have any concerns about your implant or expander, you should contact your GP or the surgeon who did your surgery. If you notice any change around your implant – e.g. a swelling, lump or pain - please also see your doctor.

BCNA is continuing to work with the TGA on what should be done for women who have macro textured implants in place, however experts are not recommending they be removed unless there is a problem with them.

We will keep you updated on further developments on this issue via our website and our monthly Network News e-newletters. To subscribe to Network News, email contact@bcna.org.au or call our office on 1800 500 258.

For more information on the TGA's announcement, visit the TGA website.