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PLASTIC SURGEONS RESPOND TO BREAST IMPLANT PROPOSAL

 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons urges that any final agreement on a $4.75 billion proposal to settle the breast-implant litigation ensure the best interest of patients.
 A Dow Corning Corp. document released Sept. 9 said the company has agreed on the basic principles of a global settlement of the issue, which would include litigation defendants funding $4.75 billion over a 30-year period for the plaintiffs involved. The settlement proposal is subject to review by all participants and is not yet definitive.
 "The ASPRS wants assurances to patients that the final settlement will consider all women with silicone gel-filled breast implants who believe their medical problems can be attributed to the implants," said ASPRS President James Hoehn, M.D. "These patients should be considered for remuneration first, before any part of the fund is earmarked by the court to be paid to other parties. The fund should also provide financial assistance to patients with silicone gel-filled implants who want their implants removed."
 The ASPRS also calls for pledges by manufacturers, other investigators, and the court to ensure continued research on the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants. This research is required to address the ongoing concerns of patients.
 Any global settlement should include all parties involved in the litigation, including physicians. "A decision not to specifically include doctors in the settlement will inhibit the final resolution of these cases and prolong the judicial process indefinitely," said Dr. Hoehn.
 The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Inc., represents 97 percent of all physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
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 /CONTACT: Laura Kopulos Asplund, 708-228-9900, ext. 349, ASPRS/


CO: American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons;
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