Anyone who has Biocell saline-filled or silicone-filled breast implants or tissue expanders that were recently recalled by the FDA.
What’s Going On?
Allergan, Inc. was recently directed by the FDA to recall certain Biocell breast implants due to concerns that they cause cancer, but the recall is only covering the cost of replacement implants. A class action is seeking remedies that weren’t provided in the recall.
What Remedies is the Lawsuit Seeking?
The cost of surgery to remove the implants, diagnostic testing, and medical monitoring.
What Can I Do?
Fill out the form on this page and tell us about your experience with Biocell breast implants. An attorney may contact you directly to tell you more about the lawsuit.
The FDA recently directed Allergan, Inc. to recall certain Biocell breast implants and tissue expanders due to concerns that they may be linked to cancer, but a class action lawsuit claims the recall is insufficient.
Attorneys need to hear from more people who have Biocell breast implants to strengthen the litigation.
On July 24, 2019, Allergan announced a recall of certain Biocell textured breast implants after reports showed a possible link between the implants and a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system).
The reports showed that people with Allergan’s Biocell textured products were six times more likely to develop breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) than people with textured implants from other manufacturers.
The FDA has recommended that people who haven’t shown symptoms of BIA-ALCL don’t remove or replace the implants because of the low risk of getting cancer.
Which Biocell Products Were Recalled?
The recall covers several styles of Allergan Natrelle Saline-Filled Breast Implants, Allergan Natrelle Silicone-Filled Textured Breast Implants, and Natrelle 140 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone Filled Breast Implants.
See the FDA’s website for the full list of recalled products and styles.
Class Action Claims Recall Is Insufficient
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Biocell’s makers that claims the recall doesn’t fully compensate proposed class members for the costs of replacing or retaining their implants.
The recall apparently only covers the cost of replacement implants but doesn’t pay for the removal surgery required if an individual chooses to have the implants replaced.
For those who choose not to replace their Biocell implants, Allergan has apparently refused to cover the costs associated with invasive diagnostic testing and medical monitoring. (The FDA has noted that BIA-ALCL may not show up right away and, if left untreated, can lead to death.)
A class action lawsuit, if successful, could force Allergan to pay for the costs of surgery, diagnostic testing, and medical monitoring in people who have Biocell implants.
Can I Join the Lawsuit?
Typically, you don’t need to do anything to join a class action lawsuit, but attorneys still need to hear from more people who have Biocell implants.
You may be able to help strengthen the litigation by filling out the form on this page. We’ll forward your information to the attorneys we work with, and they may contact you directly to tell you how you can help and answer any questions you have about the lawsuit.
Who Will See My Information?
We never share your information with anyone besides the attorneys we work with, and your communications with them will be confidential. Remember, you’re never obligated to take legal action just because you spoke with an attorney.