Xiameter

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The XIAMETER® brand of Dow Corning Corporation offers market-based prices for standard silicone products.

Dow Corning was an American multinational corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States.

Originally established as a joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Corning Incorporated, Dow bought out Corning and Dow Corning became a 100% Dow subsidiary. After a brief existence as a DowDuPont-owned company, as Dow spun out from DowDuPont on April 1, 2019, it is now wholly owned by Dow and specializes in silicone and silicon-based technology, and is the largest silicone product producer in the world.

ARTICLE AUGUST 5, 2014 The Medical Device Business Journal

Court defines ‘breast implant’ in Dow Corning’s $2B product liability saga

Court rules against Dow Corning in $2B breast implant liability case Long-embattled Dow Corning is still on the hook for complaints about 3 of its implantable tissue expanders after a 6th Circuit Court ruled that the devices count as breast implants for the purposes of a liability settlement worth more than $2 billion.

The decision affirms a lower court’s ruling that the mega-settlement was designed to include complaints about Dow tissue expanders that feature silicone envelopes filled with saline to help stretch breast tissue ahead of a permanent implant.

The ruling is the latest in a Dow’s 30-year old saga over its breast implants, with hundreds of thousands of patients claiming they were injured by the devices. The lawsuits were spurred in part by an early 1980s warning from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen claiming that silicone breast implants cause breast cancer.

In 1982 the FDA proposed bumping the devices to Class III, the highest risk category, a rule that was finalized in 1988. A handful of reports issued over the next few years seemed to strengthen the connection between silicone breast implants and systemic diseases, sparking a litigation frenzy.

Patient injury lawsuits began piling up in the early 1990s and a class action case was filed in 1992. By the end of 1993 there were more than 12,000 individual lawsuits filed against Dow, with patients claiming not only localized injury but disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were caused by their implants.

Dow dumped its breast implant business in 1992 (as did Bristol-Myers Squibb and Bioplasty) and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1995 and in 1998 offered a $3.2 billion settlement, which was made part of the company’s bankruptcy reorganization plan. The terms of the settlement, according to PBS Frontline:

Those who want to cash-out immediately and not file a disease claim will be paid $2,000. This figure can also be combined with $5,000 for implant removal surgery and $20,000 for a ruptured implant. Those who have already filed a disease claim will receive between $10,000 and $250,000 plus any compensation claimed for removal or ruptures.

Later that year a federal-court appointed expert panel ruled that there was not evidence that silicone breast implants can cause disease. A 1999 report form the Institute of Medicine agreed.

Until 2012 the only companies with FDA approval to sell breast implants in the U.S. were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and Allergan (NYSE:AGN). The FDA in March 2012 gave Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Sientra approval to sell its breast implants on the U.S. market, amid public outcry about the potential downsides of the devices.

Reviews

Jennifer Jones says "Buyer Beware! One would do better buying products at the flea market versus SkyGeek. Purchased 20 tubes of silicone caulk: the product was either defective or in someway outdated—4 of 20 tubes would not cure after seven days. Refund process was unduly long and cumbersome."
James Blodgett says "I ordered an overhauled starter motor. There was a $200 core charge. There was no information with the starter indicating where to return the core to. After many, many attempts I was finally able to get shipping information from Skygeek for the core return. It was shipped the next day direct to Aviall and I received confirmation they received it. It has now been 3 more weeks and I have not received the $200 core refund. I have tried with phone messages (the phone is never answered and messages are not returned), sent emails, posted messages on their website and everything else I can think of. Still no joy. I give up. I will dispute the charge with the CC company."
Jonathan Hodgman says "Purchased some Xiameter RTV 4130J. Label states it has a shelf life of 1 year. Attempted to cast some seals less then 2 months after purchasing and it is defective/won't cure. Write customer service and come to find out that if the order is over 30 days any claims on a defective product are null. Poor customer service, shady policy that isn't Clearly put out there. $100.00 flushed down the drain. Spend your money elsewhere if you want to be treated well."
Rich says "Poorly run drop ship company. First, if you come across a website for a company that does not list a phone number, be weary. You can google them and get it, but the do not post it on their website. They stock very little so be forewarned. I have been waiting for 20 days for my order...I called a few time and you rarely get a live person. The one time I did, he said I would probably get it last week...yeah, right! Stick to the big boys you are better off. Their website has a lot of bugs also. I received an order conformation number and a link to check on the status of the order. Every single time I click on the link, it says there is no such order. I have read in other reviews they have experienced the same issue. I am one and done with this company that is for sure."

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