FDA: Clinics May Have Received Fake Botox
No reports of patients getting counterfeit stuff
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
Medical clinics may have ended up with fake botox, the FDA says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The FDA is warning of a Botox threat to US customers: Clinics may have ended up with fake material instead of the authentic stuff from Allergan Inc. Officials have found counterfeit Botox in the country, though thus far, there haven't been reports of patients being injected with it. According to the FDA, the Botox box has been counterfeited and the vial marked as a foreign version of the product. It's apparently being marketed via "blast faxes" to doctor's offices from a company going by names like "Online Botox Pharmacy" and "Onlinebotox.com," the Wall Street Journal reports.

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RhysBranman
May 2, 2013 9:27 AM CDT
It DOES matter where you get Botox. Counterfeiters are getting really good at copying packaging. A board certified cosmetic surgeon will only buy it from the company. It is important to understand that just because a cosmetic procedure is common, even normalized, there can be risks. I urge patients to research not only their surgeon but also the facility the procedure is to be performed at. Dr Rhys Branman Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center
kumatose
Apr 27, 2013 9:02 AM CDT
No need to regulate or inspect businesses... their lust for profit won't allow them to harm anybody.