Summary: Non-FDA approved, counterfeit Botox has found its way into over 350 American doctors’ offices, posing a major health risk to patients. The Canadian firm identified as the source has previously been linked to the distribution of other counterfeit medications.
Counterfeit Botox Found
Recently, counterfeit Botulinum Toxin or “Botox” vials have been identified in practitioners’ offices across the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed nearly 350 medical practices across the United States that they may have received counterfeit shipments of Botox products from a Canadian pharmaceutical provider. A copy of the letter sent by the FDA to these physicians’ can be found here.
Canadian Supplier of Counterfeit Botox Identified
The identified supplier, Canada Drugs, whose brands include Quality Specialty Products (QSP), A+ Health Supplies, QP Medical, Bridgewater Medical, and Clinical Care, has been previously linked to the production and sale of counterfeit cancer medications in addition to the counterfeit Botox. Many of these companies are not licensed to sell medical products in the United States.
Counterfeit Botox Poses Patient Harm
In addition, these counterfeit Botox products have not met FDA standards and remain unapproved. These medications may also contain unknown ingredients or come from unknown sources. Such treatments are potentially unsafe and ineffective, and may put patients at risk of harm. These products often lack the proper medication guides and warnings that are required of non-FDA approved medications. This may result in practitioners and patients being unaware of the potential risks of harm and death associated with improper or missing labeling.
The FDA Protect the U.S. Against Counterfeit Botox
The FDA plays a vital role in protecting the health of all U.S. citizens from the dangers posed by counterfeit Botox and other medications. In other parts of the world oversight may be lax and there are numerous reported incidents of deadly product tampering. In 2008 the Chinese government reported that 300,000 infants were victims of infant formula adulterated with melamine added to boost the apparent protein content. At least six babies died from kidney damage caused by the adulterated formula. A spokesman for the World Health Organization stated this was “clearly not an isolated accident, [but] a large-scale intentional activity to deceive consumers for simple, basic, short-term profits.”
Check The FDA’s List Of Counterfeit Botox Importers Here
The FDA has published a list of Doctors and practices that may have received counterfeit products. The list includes 48 firms in the state of California. Please ensure that your Doctor is not listed at the following link.
Epione Medical Corporation, founded by cosmetic dermatologist Simon Ourian, M.D. and located in Beverly Hills strongly advocates against the purchase and use of counterfeit Botox products. Epione prides itself on the use of medications that are genuine and adhere to FDA guidelines. Epione has created a 6-point checklist for anyone interested in Botox treatments. Asked to comment, Dr. Ourian stated that he “…was shocked that any reputable physician could think the products offered by Canada Drugs and its ilk could be safe and legal. With the health of our patients our foremost responsibility, physicians should be held to the highest standards.”
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