If you have Allergan BIOCELL® textured breast implants or breast tissue expanders, a recent recall may affect you. The FDA announced a worldwide recall on July 25th, 2019 due to an unreasonable risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) related to certain Allergan products. The recall applies to textured implants and tissue expanders only. These have statistically higher rates of causing BIA-ALCL compared to smooth implants.
The lawyers at Bentley & More LLP and Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have come together to help with the breast implant recall. Contact us for a free and confidential legal consultation in South California, if you have the Allergan implants or expanders involved in the recall. We can give you legal advice on what to do moving forward – including whether Allergan might eventually pay for your implant removal or replacement.
If you have the BIOCELL® textured implants or tissue expanders, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not recommending removing the recalled breast implant unless you also experience symptoms of BIA-ALCL. The FDA and other health authorities are telling patients to keep their textured implants and tissue expanders as long as they are asymptomatic. If you experience potential signs of a problem, however, a replacement or removal procedure may be necessary. A conversation with your physician can help you decide which route to take.
Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include:
These could be signs of anaplastic large cell lymphoma. The FDA does recommend removal or replacement in patients with Allergan biocell textured breast implants who have noticed symptoms. To diagnose BIA-ALCL, a doctor will extract some fluid from the breast and send it to a lab for analysis. If it comes back with a positive marker for BIA-ALCL, a cosmetic surgeon may remove the breast implants and surrounding scar tissue to treat the lymphoma. Patients with BIA-ALCL who get their implants removed have a 93% chance of survival as long as a doctor catches and treats the disease promptly.
If you do decide on removing the recalled breast implant, Allergan may eventually pay for the surgery. However, do not assume Allergan will pay your medical bills. Instead, plan accordingly in case you end up paying for the removal or replacement out of pocket. While the goal is to get Allergan to pay for the problems associated with their products, no attorney can guarantee payout. Proceed with your operation if you and your doctor believe it is what is best for you. Then, contact us to start talking about a claim against Allergan to recover your expenses.
If you are looking to schedule Allergan implant removal or you have already scheduled your procedure with your plastic surgeon, our attorneys recommend consulting with your doctor about your options. Since the FDA is not recommending removal, it may be in your best interest to keep your Allergan implants or expanders until and unless you notice signs of a problem. BIA-ALCL is a very rare form of immune system cancer, with only 573 reported cases worldwide.
A lawsuit against Allergan may result in financial relief for patients with recalled breast implants and tissue expanders. However, our attorneys are recommending patients plan accordingly in case they end up paying for the removal themselves. Allergan has not yet offered to cover the costs of patients’ implant removals or replacements. Our goal is to force them to pay someday, but this is not a guarantee. Speak with our attorneys today during a free, confidential case evaluation to learn more about your options for financial relief and for help with the breast implant recall. Initial consultations come at no obligation to retain a lawyer.