The FDA has warned more than 350 physicians nationwide that their purchases of bargain Botox from CanadaDrugs was illegal. The agency noted that any drugs purchased from CanadaDrugs are unapproved, potentially adulterated, and not of suitable quality for patients.
FDA Issues Bargain Botox Warning to Doctors
As of December 19, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to more than 350 medical practices that they have or may have received doses of the drug commonly known as Botox that may be contaminated or otherwise unsafe. This bargain Botox was purchased through a company called Canada Drugs or one of its subsidiaries, and has not been approved by the FDA. To minimize the risks inherent to administering bargain Botox and other non-approved drugs, the FDA has requested that these medical practices immediately cease the use of these products and other medical products that have been purchased through the aforementioned companies. A copy of the FDA’s letter can be found here.
Dangers of Bargain Botox
The purchase of drugs, including bargain Botox, that have not been approved by the FDA can lead to many problems for practitioners and patients alike. Bargain Botox purchased from these foreign manufacturers may be counterfeit or ineffective and may have been transported in a manner that can cause danger to patients. Furthermore, these drugs often ship without the mandated FDA information. This lack of information can lead not only to a lack of informed consent on the part of patients, but also to a lack of a necessary warning information or usage restrictions to those practices that make use of the drugs. Dr. Simon Ourian, M.D., Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, says that his office “has developed a six-point checklist that’s a must-see for anyone interested in getting a Botox treatment.”
Bargain Botox Can Lead to Legal Problems
The preceding information has been issued to 350 practices across the United States five times between February 10, 2012 and December 19, 2012. Those medical practices that continue to make use of the drugs have been urged to make sure that all drugs purchased are done so either directly through the manufacturer or through a state-approved wholesaler. Any unknown supplies should be thoroughly vetted for reliability by checking with the appropriate state agency, and any unsolicited sales offers should be viewed with suspicion and proper care. Failure to do so can lead to significant legal and ethical complications for those practices that deal with such companies.
International Police Effort
The FDA participated in the fifth annual Internet Week of Action, joining forces with the police and regulatory agencies of nearly 100 countries to help shut down more than 18,000 illegal pharmacy websites and seize 3.7 million doses of fake medicine. The FDA has also published information for consumers detailing the risks of buying drugs online. These risks include the possible receipt of counterfeit or contaminated drugs. Even unadulterated medicines may be formulated differently than their U.S. counterparts that may impact their efficacy or cause dangerous interactions with other drugs. Finally, the FDA warns that dealing with fake online pharmacies may put your financial and personal information at risk.
Check Your Doctor Here
Notice of the danger of dealing with Canada Drugs and its associated companies has been sent to doctors in 39 states. The names of those doctors that have been contacted by the FDA can be found here. If you know or believe that your doctor is engaged in the criminal practice of using non-approved drugs, you can contact the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations.