U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to doctors across the country. Fake or counterfeit Botox is a growing problem and the FDA is cracking down on physicians that bought the drug from unapproved suppliers.
Fake Botox Violates U.S. Law
The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on December 19th that disclosed the agency had issued warning letters to more than 350 medical practices that bought unapproved, potentially contaminated and possibly fake Botox® from a Canadian supplier. That supplier, Canada Drugs also trades under the names A+ Health Supplies, Quality Specialty Products, Clinical Care, Bridgewater Medical and QP Medical, has violated U.S. guidelines in the past, and the FDA warns that this unapproved, fake Botox® fails to meet U.S. standards for storage, handling and transporting, and the supplies could prove counterfeit or contaminated.
Physicians Buy Fake Botox to Cut Costs
Medical offices sometimes attempt to cut costs by ordering cheaper drugs from Canadian and foreign suppliers, but this practice violate U.S. law. Botulinum toxin, which causes botulism when ingested, requires painstaking and scrupulous handling to prevent life-threatening illnesses. Used for cosmetic procedures, migraine headaches and other medical procedures, the acute toxin proves medically efficacious when it is properly handled, stored and administered by trained medical personnel in minuscule quantities.
Fake Botox Health Risks
Patients who undergo cosmetic procedures or are treated with Botox® for other approved reasons could face health risks if they’re injected with contaminated supplies or fake Botox®. Consumers can check the following link to find a list of doctors warned by the FDA to see if their physician has ordered any of the fake Botox® within the last six months. You can check the FDA list here.
Protect Your Health From Counterfeit Drugs
The Office of Drug Security works tirelessly to safeguard drug security for American consumers in an increasingly complex supply chain that crosses many international borders due to increased global marketing, mail and Internet ordering of prescription drugs, and attempts by foreign manufacturers to target lucrative U.S. markets with pirated, counterfeit and adulterated drugs. Patients can protect their health by refusing to take shortcuts or see physicians who buy from unregulated manufacturers to save a few dollars. Epione has created a six-point checklist that should be required reading for anyone considering Botox.
Check the FDA List of Physicians who Imported Fake Botox
Prudent consumers should check the list to see if their doctors’ names appear and consider switching physicians or questioning medical practices that buy unapproved drugs. Patients should decline any questionable Botox® treatments from providers who cannot prove that their drugs come from FDA-approved suppliers. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act makes importation of unapproved medications illegal in all the states.
Epione Medical Corporation, founded by cosmetic Dermatologist Simon Ourian, M.D. and located in Beverly Hills strongly advocates against the purchase and use of fake Botox products. Epione prides itself on the use of medications that are genuine and adhere strictly to FDA guidelines. For further information please contact (888) 951-3377.