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Illegal Botox Scammers a Public Threat
Date:10/8/2008

Coalition warns patients there are no safe substitutes for authentic, FDA approved injectables

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cheaper, unbranded, unapproved and counterfeit cosmetic injectables are a threat to your looks and your health warns the Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety. "The growing acceptance of cosmetic injections for their good outcomes and convenience in treatment comes with consumer cautions," says Coalition leader, plastic surgeon Jeffrey Kenkel, MD of Dallas, Texas. "Disreputable injectors and counterfeit, imported or unapproved injectables present the greatest risk to a patient's appearance, and ultimately one's health." In the period between 2004 and July 2008 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) entered in 210 investigations that led to 68 arrests and 29 convictions of health care professionals who purposely injected an unapproved, cheaper substitute toxin for FDA-approved Botox(R) Cosmetic into nearly 1,000 unknowing patients. Specifically what is injected and by whom are important details no consumer should take casually.

"Cosmetic injections can be highly gratifying procedures. The Coalition, which represents doctors dedicated to treating cosmetic and aging concerns of the face, encourages consumers who seek a positive experience to ask questions of one's injector regarding their experience and about the product being injected. It might be best to shy away if there are any incomplete or unclear answers," says Coalition leader, oculoplastic surgeon Roger Dailey, MD, FACS of Portland, Oregon. "Anyone, including consumers, who suspect the criminal act of soliciting non-approved, off-shore, counterfeit or illicit injectables in the U.S. is urged to anonymously report the suspected illegal activity to the FDA." Information on reporting a suspected crime to the FDA can be found at htt
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