I've heard some doctors are purchasing botox from out of the country, such as Canada. Is this legal? If this is legal, does the doctor have let you know they are using botox from out of the country? After going to see a new doctor a few times for Botox, I noticed it wasnt taking or lasting as long as it had previously when I was injected by another doctor's office. During a visit, while waiting in the lobby, I overheard the doctor talking about placing another order with a company in Canada.
Is It Illegal for Doctors to Purchase "Botox" from Canada?
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Physicians in the U.S. should not use Botox ordered from any other country
Physicians in the U.S. should only use FDA approved medicines and not transport non-FDA approved medicines.
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Botox from Canada
Yes, it is illegal. Medical professionals are held to a high ethical standard and code of conduct. Therefore, bending the rules to make more profit may seem harmless, but these types of actions calls into question the integrity of the entire practice. One cannot pick and choose when and how to be honest and lawful.
Pricing is important, but when consumers shop for the cheapest Botox, they should consider placing more value on the service and reputation of the one doing the treatment.
Is It Illegal for Doctors to Purchase from Canada?
I am not sure whether it is legal practice or not but good practice would be to purchase Botox through Allergan (the company that makes Botox).
Botox from Canada ?
Although it is illegal to transport medicine for human use across national and state lines, there is probably little chance of prosecution by authorities. The real danger comes from adulterated "Botox" or Botox that was not kept adequately refigerated or frozen during transportation, hence may be just not effective or weaker than Botox obtained through Allergan distribution within the USA. Always be wary of pricing that looks to good to be true, and always ask how many units you were given, not how many syringes were used, since Botox can be diluted to improve profit margins.
Botox fromn Canada
It is my understanding that US doctors are not allowed to purchase Botox from outside the country eventhough it is probably the same product.
It is Illegal to Purchase BOTOX
It is illegal for any US practioner (MD, PA, RN etc.) to purchase Allergan BOTOX from sources outside the US, have it shipped to them in the US and then inject into patients. Each vial of Allergan BOTOX has a serial/lot number and a hologram. These can be used to determine if the BOTOX was originally sold within the US or outside of the US. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of the BOTOX Cosmetic that you are recieving you should ask to see the vial and record the lot number and contact ALLERGAN.
Yes it is illegal...
Obtaining Botox from Canada for injection in the US is illegal as the foreign drug has not been approved by the FDA, even though it has the same name. Although many of these companies do sell legitimate Botox, the FDA has no control over those substances that have been imported by a physician. The public and the doctor purchasing foreign Botox have no way of knowing if it is the real drug. It's best to deal with the doctors that purchase Botox from Allergan in the US.
Botox from "Canada"
Every week our office gets a fax about how we can obtain low cost Botox from Canada. There are a few problems with this. One does not know if this is legitimate Botox, or counterfeit from China or Turkey. There have been incidents of this. Further, if there was an issue with the Botox, (not working, etc). Allergan, (the company that makes Botox), will not stand behind it. I have also been advised that importation of Botox across the border is illegal. We see ads in the back of local fitness magazines for ridiculously low prices, (below Allergan cost). We don't know how they are doing this, but it concerns us that patients could get hurt. Please go to a legitimate practitioner that uses the real Botox. Cheap usually turns out to be more expensive in the end, with revisions or corrections.
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