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Date:11/17/2008

Coalition warns consumers about cosmetic injection discounts

(Vocus) November 17, 2008 -- Bargains on consumer goods and services may be designed to encourage spending in tough economic times, however when related to cosmetic injections like Restylane, Juvederm or Botox, the multi-specialty Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety warns that discounts raise a red flag. "Bargain prices, deep discounts or purported sales on cosmetic injections are warning signs of potential counterfeit or illegally imported cosmetic injectables, or an injector who is inexperienced or does not specialize in the procedure," cautions facial plastic surgeon and Coalition spokesperson Mary Lynn Moran, MD of Woodside, CA. "Consumers must adopt a buyer-beware approach to offers that seem too good to be true."

Unlike common over-the-counter and prescription medications, cosmetic injectables do not have lower-priced generic alternatives. "FDA approved, branded cosmetic drugs or devices are sold to all physicians at defined prices," said Coalition leader, plastic surgeon Renato Saltz, MD of Salt Lake City, UT. "There are generic lower, priced brands, no sales for physicians who stock up on injectables and no bona-fide sources who sell genuine product at lower than market prices, and therefore there are no deep discounts physicians can pass along to consumers." Some injectable brands do, however, offer post-treatment rebates directly to the consumer. The Coalition warns consumers that deep discounts or savings can potentially risk:

  • Counterfeit or illegally imported substances, resulting in potential health risk, injury or serious complications
  • Illegally compounded and unbranded substances, resulting in potential health risk or injury, and unpredictable
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