FDA Warns Doctors of Counterfeit Drugs that May Injure Consumers

Plastic surgery used to be a luxury good that only the wealthy and famous could afford.  But now it is quite affordable and widely available from a variety of different sources.  While the increase of manufacturers and distributors passes along a cost benefit to consumers, sometimes there is a significant risk of injury that passes along with it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been busy warning doctors across the United States that they could have received fake or ineffective Botox from a Canadian supplier, Canada Drugs. In their letter to Canada Drugs here, the FDA has identified Botox, Levitra, Accutane, and Viagra which could be fake or ineffective.  In response, the FDA seized $10.5 million of fake drugs and ordered the distributor to shut down over 4,000 pharmaceutical websites online that are being marketed to American buyers.  The FDA is operating under a fear that consumers may experience significant injury as a result of their exposure to fake or counterfeit drugs.

The Risk to Consumers

The FDA identified many American doctors who might have received these potentially counterfeit drugs.  Among them are prominent Beverly Hills doctors as well as other practitioners across America.  These doctors are strongly advised to discontinue use of these drugs in order to prevent consumer injury.  And consumers fearing their doctors may be using counterfeit products are encouraged to contact the FDA's Department of Criminal Investigations.

Consumers using counterfeit drugs could be at risk for injury in a number of ways. This could include:

  • ineffective
  • toxic ingredients
  • incorrect dosage amounts
  • incorrect ingredients
  • allergic reactions
  • unexpected side effects
  • deadly side effects
Consumers are at significant risk for injury if they are prescribed counterfeit drugs.  The same is true with instances for fake plastic surgery treatments like Botox.  Consumers could experience a myriad of complications and injuries as a result of fake Botox. 

If You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured by your doctor's negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for these injuries.  These alleged counterfeit drugs could injure you and damage your health in a number of ways, including death.  To determine whether or not you have a case, please call a skilled personal injury and product liability attorney.