Counterfeit Botox Sparks FDA Alert
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert for doctors and healthcare professionals warning them that they may have purchased illicit and potentially counterfeit Botox, a drug used to temporarily erase facial lines and wrinkles.
The drug was supplied through a wholesaler network controlled by Canada Drugs, an international supplier that earlier this year was linked to fake cancer medicines, writes The Wall Street Journal.
Canada Drugs is an Internet-based pharmacy which profits from selling cheaper, foreign versions of medicines from markets like the U.K. and Turkey. The drugs sold by the company are illegal in the U.S. as they are not approved by the FDA even though they may be authentic medicines.
The Wall Street Journal reports that regulators have warned 350 medical centers about the counterfeit Botox.
This marks the fifth time this year that the FDA has alerted doctors about suspect or counterfeit drugs from overseas, many of them sold by Canada Drugs’ companies.
In February, the company had supplied cancer doctors with a cornstarch and acetone-based imitation of Avastin, according to the Journal.
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