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Clarity for Consumers on Botox Complication and Death Reports
Date:2/22/2008

ing of Botox(R) to treat the medical disorders is often ten-fold the number of intramuscular units (i.u.'s) injected to treat the cosmetic patient," said Coalition leader Roger Dailey, MD, past president of the American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. "In perspective, a typical dose to treat the glabella, or furrows between the brows consists of 20 to 35 units (i.u. or intramuscular units), whereas a patient treated for a neuromuscular disorder may receive 200 or more units."

The Coalition's prevailing safety message for consumers considering or accepting treatment with cosmetic injectables is one of full disclosure, and emphasizes "Doctor. Brand. Safety":

-- Doctor: Is this treatment being recommended by a qualified doctor who regularly treats similar conditions, in an appropriately licensed and equipped medical facility?

-- Brand: Is the injectable recommended approved by the U.S. FDA for cosmetic indications and is it appropriately labeled and packaged to reflect its authenticity and approval?

-- Safety: Have the proper procedures been followed? Has the physician has evaluated conditions, recommended treatment, offered alternatives and clearly defined the potential outcomes including any complications?

Consumers who have questions about the safety of Botox(R) for cosmetic indications should discuss their concerns with a properly trained and qualified physician who regularly treats patients' cosmetic concerns with Botox(R). In addition, the Coalition offers consumers a Cosmetic Injectable Planner at http://www.injectablesafety.org that provides clarity and key steps to a safe experience with any cosmetic injectable treatment.

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The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety is an alliance of specialty physician organizations including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Facial Pla
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