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FDA warns medical facilities about counterfeit Botox

Batches of Botox shipped from a Canadian drug supplier to more than 350 medical facilities in the United States may be counterfeit and unsafe, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The drugs were shipped by suppliers owned by Canada Drugs, a pharmacy that was previously found to have shipped unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs. Botox is prescription medication that is injected into muscles and used to treat overactive bladder, chronic migraines, upper limb spasticity, cervical dystonia, certain types of eye muscle problems or abnormal spasm of the eyelids, and excessive underarm sweating. Botox is also used to temporarily improve ... Read More

FDA warns of mercury poisoning with some cosmetic creams, soaps

Consumers are being warned not to use certain types of skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps or lotions because they contain mercury. Exposure to mercury can cause serious health consequences including damage to the kidneys and nervous system. The products in question are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states. The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States – often in shops in Latino, Asian, African, ... Read More

Huge $212 million verdict in Botox brain damage case

A California man who suffered brain damage from a Botox injection was awarded $212 million from Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a protein that is extremely neurotoxic. The injection is used for various cosmetic and medical procedures. As a cosmetic aid, it is FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face. As a medical treatment, Botox is used to treat muscle pain and upper motor neuron disorders, excessive sweating, and chronic headaches. Douglas Ray, 67, received the injection of Botox in 2007 to treat a hand tremor and writer’s cramp, but instead suffered severe ... Read More