Federal authorities accuse a Gastonia plastic surgery company with ordering 10 vials of the substitute product and, despite labels reading, “for research purposes only – not for human use,” administered it to 41 patients starting in 2004.
It's not clear from court documents how long the practice continued. The company asked the patients to sign a consent form that falsely said the product was shown to be safe in clinical trials, and then charged them prices comparable to treatments with the more expensive Botox Cosmetic, the charges allege. Botox injections can cost several hundred dollars each.
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“Southeastern decided to purchase (the product) for use on human patients because, among other things, the product was substantially cheaper than Botox Cosmetic and had a longer shelf life,” court documents allege.
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- Kirsten Valle