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FDA warns against using Botox injections imported from Canada

Filed December 27th, 2012 Joshua Sophy

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about potentially dangerous counterfeit vials of the cosmetic drug Botox crossing the border from Canada.

According to an AP report this week, this marks the fifth time this year that the agency has issued a warning about imported drugs from Canada that have not been approved for sale in the U.S. All the warnings have centered around one particular Canada-based pharmacy company, Canada Drugs.

Also in each case, the FDA has issued the same warning about injectable drugs and it’s not concerning private citizens purchasing the drugs, but health care clinics and hospitals. These places say shortages of injectable drugs like Botox and Avastin, a cancer drug that was the subject of the previous four warnings earlier this year, have forced them to seek foreign sources like in Canada.

Earlier this year, the FDA warned the owners of more than 4,100 Web sites that they must stop selling prescription drugs across the border.

In this latest action, the agency is warning hundreds of health care facilities not to use what it considers to be counterfeit and illegal supplies of the Botox injection. Botox is most often used in cosmetic procedures to reduce skin wrinkles.

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