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Counterfeit Botox Warning by FDA

Counterfeit Botox Warning by FDA

It is well known as a wrinkle eraser, but Botox has many other medical uses, as well. Just a few of the not so familiar ways Botox is medically used is the following:

  • Short term relief for stiff muscles
  • Vocal restoration
  • Help for hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Help for Cervical dystonia - head tilting, neck pain and spasms
  • Aid for Blepharaospasm - abnormal eyelid spasms
  • Relief for Chronic headaches associated with chronic migraines

With more scientific research and studies conducted each year, the beneficial uses of Botox keep increasing.

The increased use of Botox to relieve a myriad of medical maladies, has led to a shortage of the medicine. Unfortunately, this shortage has now led to unscrupulous suppliers shipping supplies of counterfeit Botox to unsuspecting medical practices.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated in a letter released publicly last week, the pharmacy Canada Drugs has shipped batches of Botox that have not been approved by the agency, and thus, the FDA cannot assure the shipments' effectiveness or safety. This pharmacy was also connected to shipping unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs in the past.

In its fifth warning this year, the FDA warned doctors to only buy drugs from licensed U.S. pharmacies. In February, the FDA issued a warning to nineteen medical practices that received shipments of a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin, and then on three more occasions, issued similar warnings for counterfeit Avastin and Altuzan, another brand name for the same drug. The majority of these counterfeit cancer drugs originated from Canada Drugs.

The FDA also ordered operators of over 4,000 websites in October to immediately cease the selling of unapproved medications to consumers in this country. According to the FDA, most of the sites were ran by Canada Drugs and were still operating as of last Friday.

The FDA stated that medical practices in the United States need to make sure they are receiving supplies of genuine Botox from their suppliers to ensure their patients' health and well being. Genuine Botox is manufactured by Allergan Inc, based in Irvine, California.