Ban On Silicone Breast Implants Lifted

WASHINGTON - Silicone-gel breast implants are apparently on their way back to the market.

The government has ended a 14-year virtual ban on silicone-gel breast implants despite lingering safety concerns.

According to implant manufacturer, Inamed, the Food and Drug Administration has approved its silicone-gel implants. A second California company, Mentor, is also seeking approval.

The implants first went on the market in 1962, before the FDA required proof that all medical devices be safe and effective. Thirty years later, they were banned amid concerns about their safety.

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