The Irish Medicines Board has said that up to 1,500 Irish women could have received breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a French company, which went out of business in 2010. Implants from PIP have been found to contain non-medical grade silicone. The silicone used in PIP implants is more commonly used in industrial applications and can be up to 10 times less pure than medical-grade Silicone. The implants are known to have been used in Shandon Street Hospital, Cork; Clane Hospital, Co Kildare and Harley Medical Clinic in Dublin.The French government has stated that women who received PIP implants could have them removed at the state’s expense. British health authorities have said they will cover the cost of removing any PIP products which were implanted by the NHS. Anyone in Ireland who has received breast implants should check with the clinic in which the surgery was done to determine whether or not the implants were made by PIP. If you have any doubts or concerns, you should seek medical and legal advice without delay.