U.K. panel calls for national breast implant registry

The United Kingdom is mulling tougher regulation for cosmetic procedures--including breast and buttock implants--in the aftermath of Europe's PIP breast implant scandal. Bloomberg reports that an advisory panel for the U.K.'s Department of Health recommends tougher restrictions on the use of Botox, and that calf and buttock implants should be classified as medical devices and regulated. Panelists also want a national registry for breast and cosmetic implants, and a requirement that medical device manufacturers not be notified before inspections. France's Poly Implant Prothese, now defunct, acknowledged last year that it sold breast implants using substandard silicone more prone to leakage. As Bloomberg notes, Britain's National Health Service had to cover the cost of removing faulty PIP implants in thousands of patients. Story