Articles Tagged: Counterfeit Botox
Posted on September 21, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko
The Food and Drug Administration recently warned the public and medical professionals about counterfeit Botox. An unlicensed company sold the product, which may have found its way to medical clinics across the country, the FDA noted.
The counterfeit Botox poses dangers and should not be administered, the FDA warned. The agency noted that it could not confirm that manufacturing and handling of the product followed national safety standards.
Similarities to legitimate Botox
FDA-approved injectable Botox, which is manufactured by Allergan, displays “OnabotulinumtoxinA” as its active ingredient on the vial. On counterfeit versions, the vial instead may show “Botulinum Toxin Type A” as the active ingredient. In addition, the lot number may be missing on the counterfeit vial, and the outer carton may not list entries for lot number, manufacturer and expiration. Counterfeit Botox bottles also do not include the Allergan hologram.
Consumers who did not achieve the desired effects from Botox injections should not assume that the product they received was counterfeit. Various factors can influence the effectiveness of Botox treatment, including the level of experience of the individual providing the treatment.
Patients should also avoid ordering Botox on the Internet. Consumers who order Botox on the Internet, cannot be sure that they are receiving a legitimate and thoroughly tested product.
Seek Botox treatments from a licensed professional
In order to avoid counterfeit Botox patients should receive Botox injections only from licensed professionals such as board-certified physicians.
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