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e-1962 (Medical devices)

Initiated by Judith Coates from Orillia, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Breast implants are causing illness and harm to thousands of Canadian women;
  • Despite innovations in implant manufacturing, women today are experiencing the same symptoms as were described three decades ago, such as autoimmune disorders, extreme fatigue, anxiety, joint pain, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, rash and skin disorders, and are being misdiagnosed and mistreated for diseases that have similar symptoms, and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms;
  • Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is an emerging cancer, with textured implants causing a higher risk of this disease; and
  • A high percentage of those affected show improvement in health once the implants are removed.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Instruct Health Canada to form an independent, non-biased committee to conduct a hearing to examine the correlation between breast implants, autoimmune diseases and BIA-ALCL, and ensure adequate BIA-ALCL patient representation on this committee, to equalize the influence of patient safety and risk assessment;
2. Require transparency from manufacturers with regards to the chemicals utilized to create these devices, which are being implanting for a long duration;
3. Hold Plastic Surgeons to a higher level of accountability, requiring that they provide full disclosure of health risks of implants, and collect informed, written consent from their patients before implant surgery is performed;
4. Require mandatory testing of all Textured Breast Implant recipients, for BIA-ALCL;
5. Implement mandatory reporting of confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL, rather than relying on a voluntary process.
Government response tabled on May 27, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-210-03)
Open for signature
December 4, 2018, at 11:48 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 3, 2019, at 11:48 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Bruce Stanton (Simcoe North)
April 11, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03410)
Government response tabled
May 27, 2019
Photo - Bruce Stanton
Simcoe North
Conservative Caucus