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How Many People Were Affected By Bogus BOTOX?

Earlier this year, I told you about the dangerous use of fake BOTOX by more than 200 physicians who purchased it from Toxin Research International (TRI). The Arizona-based company accused of marketing and selling the unapproved botulinum goes on trial in federal court next month in Florida.

Here's the real kicker: More than 1,000 people may have been treated with the fake stuff, and many of them were completely unaware the substance they were injected with wasn't BOTOX.

And the two couples who ignited the investigation after injecting themselves with the bogus BOTOX late last year have partially recovered. Good news, considering they were paralyzed, breathing with the help of ventilators and unable to see or swallow after their "treatment."

About 180 physicians ordered a five-dose vial of Botulinum Toxin Type A from TRI for $1,250, a deadly bargain compared to $2,000 for BOTOX.

Just a reminder, people are so desperate for quick-fix cures, they'll use a useless drug like BOTOX to treat conditions, apart from removing wrinkles, like excessive sweating, cerebral palsy and migraines.

USA Today October 16, 2005

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