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AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DELEGATES SUPPORT CONTINUED ACCESS TO BREAST IMPLANTS

 AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DELEGATES SUPPORT
 CONTINUED ACCESS TO BREAST IMPLANTS
 LAS VEGAS, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A resolution calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow silicone gel-filled breast implants to remain available to American women while further research is conducted has been approved by the American Medical Association's House of Delegates.
 The resolution was part of a comprehensive report on breast implants prepared by the AMA's Council of on Scientific Affairs. It will now be sent to FDA Commissioner David Kessler, M.D. Kessler is expected to announce on Jan. 6 whether the FDA will follow the recommendation of its advisory panel and allow the devices to continue to be distributed while more data on their safety and efficacy are collected.
 The FDA panel -- which was composed of experts in medical ethics, psychology, oncology and related specialties -- voted unanimously Nov. 14 that silicone breast implants fill a vital public health need and that all women should have access to them.
 The AMA Council told members "the current anxiety about breast implants related to the development of cancer or autoimmune disease is not warranted based on current scientific evidence."
 In addition to urging Kessler to follow the recommendation of the FDA advisory panel, the AMA's House of delegates called for the creation of a registry of women with breast implants, and supported the FDA's efforts to assure that prospective patients are fully informed of the risks and benefits.
 The AMA resolution was applauded by the nation's plastic surgeons. "The AMA is the world's largest medical association, and its call for the continued availability of silicone breast implants sends a clear message to the FDA that plastic surgeons and their patients are not alone in their conviction that the benefits of these devices outweigh the speculative risks," said Norman Cole, M.D., president of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS). Plastic surgeons join the AMA in emphasizing the need for physicians to take special care to assure that prospective patients are fully informed."
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