Mentor Corporation (MNTR) Receives "Approvable Letter" From FDA For Its MemoryGel Silicone Gel-Filled Implants 
10/19/2005 5:09:03 PM

WASHINGTON - After a 13-year ban, silicone-gel filled breast implants are another step closer to returning to the market. Following the recommendations of an advisory panel, the Food and Drug Administration told Mentor Corp. on Thursday that its implants can be approved under certain conditions. "We are very encouraged by this communication from the FDA, and view this letter as a positive sign for women and their surgeons that another option will soon be available," said Joshua H. Levine, president of the company based in Santa Barbara, Calif.