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Duhan 1 BUSN-3320-02 31 March 2016 Breast Implant Controversy’s Case Study Analysis 1) Facts of assumptions Dow Corning Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection At one point the company proved to be successful with 10,000 employees and revenues in excess of $2 billion Between 1964 and the mid 1990’s about two million women nationwide received breast implants Although the silicone gel breast implants were believed by scientists at DCC to be safe for humans, after a few complaints and other safety issues were presented, DCC did not take them seriously In 1996 the FDA acknowledged that there were 58,000 medical devices, many containing solid silicone that entered the market through the overly simple 510(k) form process In the 1990’s, one study after another failed to establish a connection between implants and illness In June 2004, Dow Corning officially emerged from bankruptcy 2) The Ethical Issues 1. Individual level Right before the release of the Flo-gel product, only Thomas Talcott, a product engineer, is known for having argued for more study and then when he wasn’t heard decided to resign According to Bill Boley’s memo, only presumed data existed to prove the long term safety of the implants, an information that they kept hidden from the public Arthur H. Rathjen, the chairman of the company, acknowledged on a memo that they did not know if there could be an excessive leakage of the gel through the envelope, but the company kept this question hidden from everybody Arthur Rathjen and individuals were considering to do a study to review some of the implants recipients, however the study never took place Dr. Sydney Wolfe from Public Citizen Health Research Group was too fast in his critics concerning the breasts implants, considering that he did not have enough evidence, because by the late 1990’s researches proved that the implants were not the cause of important illness 2. Organizational level The complaints of a small number of women with ruptures were ignored
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