13 May, 2011
Posted by: Laser Clinic MD In: Botox Training ()
This is what happened when a woman in Texas started selling fake “Botox” from a website and posting How To videos on Youtube.
This obviously isn’t the same as the Botox training that physicians are offered…
Here’s what happened in Texas:
Discount Medspa Defendant D’Alleva Agrees To Halt Unauthorized Sales of Prescription Drugs, Devices
Owner offered prescription products, including Botox-like drugs, for sale online
FORT WORTH – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today resolved a November 2009 enforcement action against a Tarrant County woman who unlawfully marketed and sold prescription drugs, including instructions for botulinum toxin injections, over the Internet.
According to state investigators, Laurie D’Alleva and her Mansfield-based businesses, Discount Medspa and Ontario Medspa, improperly marketed cosmetic enhancement prescription devices and prescription drugs over the Internet. She also provided links to video instructions for “do-it-yourself” injections of botulinum toxin. To resolve the state’s enforcement action, D’Alleva agreed to pay the state of Texas $125,000 in civil penalties, attorneys’ fees and the Texas Department of State Health Services’ investigative costs.
The drugs and devices marketed by the defendant are only available to purchasers who have prescriptions from licensed medical professionals. Thus, the defendant improperly made those products available to persons without requiring prescriptions. Further, the defendant did so without licenses to dispense, distribute or sell prescription products, as required by state law.
Products that D’Alleva offered for sale included: Dysport® and “Freeze,” which both contain botulinum toxin; several prescription saline solutions and creams; an anti-depressant to lift libido; the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone for weight loss; and the prescription device Restylane® for face augmentation.
Court documents filed by the state indicate that an undercover investigator purchased a “Newbie Starter Kit,” which contained the prescription Restylane® in a filled syringe, a 50-unit Freeze product containing purified neurotoxins, one package of Bacitracin, empty syringes and needles, and other pharmaceuticals.
The state’s enforcement action charged D’Alleva and her businesses with multiple violations of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. According to investigators, the defendant falsely – and unlawfully – claimed that prescription-only products were available to all purchasers without restrictions. Further, although D’Alleva promoted her membership with an organization called the Texas Medical Council – which she said granted her the authority to sell prescription-only products – no such organization actually exists.