Bus 290 ( Business Ethics)
In light of the Dow Corning case , the responsibility for protecting women against possibly unsafe implants significantly lies on the manufacturer , and to a certain extent , the government . The safety of silicone breast implants should be backed up by well-documented extensively researched scientific evidence . Although the company denies any negligence on their part , Dow Corning is being blamed for intentionally withholding information regarding the risks associated with using silicone implants . If the allegation was true , then it is only just that Dow Corning pay compensation to the women suffering from diseases
supposedly brought about by the use of their products
Their launch of the product is apparently fueled in part of the growing competition , and this may have caused Dow Corning to do it prematurely The company is at fault by dismissing negative findings rather than following up on them . They should have made sure that the tests and studies they did were sufficient , especially since the implants will be used on humans . Results showing how silicone is detrimental to one 's health should have alerted them to the dangers of the implants , and a responsible manufacturer would not let something which have been showed as such , be launched and stay on the market
If findings showing that the implants were unsafe were made known , the women may not have elected to undergo the procedure . The women should have been informed of the risks . In this matter , doctors have a stake in the responsibility too , but only if they themselves have known of the product 's effects
Since conclusions from available research are what doctors and surgeons , and consequently , their patients draw their decisions from the government also has the responsibility of making sure the safety of products are adequately proven before being used on humans , especially those that are being integrated into a person 's body . Prior to 1976 , the use of medical products were unregulated . If government policies and regulations already exist at the time the implants were introduced , its ill effects may have been avoided...