Safety Alerts & Recalls

What does this mean?

Although these Botox Scammers were first reported in 2004 and it is unlikely that illegal Botox is currently being used by health care professionals, this FDA report highlights some key things to keep in mind when you are receiving Botox Cosmetic injections: 1) Botox Cosmetic should be administered by a trained, qualified health care professional, in an appropriate setting using sterile instruments, 2) You should also ask your health care professional to confirm that he or she is using only an FDA-approved product purchased within the United States. If he or she refuses to give you this information, look for another health care professional, 3) The benefits and risks of the treatment should be fully explained to you during a patient consultation, and 4) Like at any medical visit, your should tell your health care provider about any any medical conditions you might have and medications you are taking, including vitamins and over-the-counter drugs.

Illegal Botox Scammers

The FDA recently released a report about an investigation of 210 health care professionals across the United States who purposely injected an unapproved, cheaper substitute toxin for FDA-approved Botox Cosmetic which resulted in paralysis of several patients.

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Source: FDA
Publication Date: 2008-08-21
Last Updated: 2009-12-05

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