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Dow Corning and the Silicone Breast Implant Controversy

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What are the ethical issues and principles involved in this case? Who has acted the most and the least responsibly? Explain

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What are the ethical issues and principles involved in this case? Who has acted the most and the least responsibly?

There are several ethics issues within this case, first and foremost, the act of stifling information regarding the possibility of silicone gel (fiG-gel) causing bleed-through of its envelope. It was identified by the Dow Corning scientists that this new, watery gel was more likely to permeate the containment cell than the gel previously used in the company's implants. Although a scientific group was assembled to investigate this concern, nothing was shown to indicate an increased incidence of leakage. However, the scientists deemed the study to be inconclusive and still remained concerned. This information was held internally by Dow Corning and basically tabled at that time.

Another ethical issue worthy of consideration was the fact that Dow Corning, although aware of possible complications with the product, did not provide the end-users of the product with all the information needed to make an informed decision. They felt that ...

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