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What’s the Deal with Counterfeit Botulinum Toxin Injections?

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What’s the Deal with Counterfeit Botulinum Toxin Injections?

It is easy to understand why botulinum toxin is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. Apart from being safe, quick, and painless, this injectable treatment also provides lasting wrinkle reduction and prevention, helping patients maintain a refreshed and youthful-looking appearance. 


But as more and more people continue to trust botulinum toxin for wrinkle management, incidents involving fake doses and unlicensed providers have also increased. Recently in the United States, counterfeit versions of a popular brand have been found across multiple states in the country.


What happens with fake botulinum toxin?


Botulinum toxin from unlicensed sources is said to cause adverse reactions. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement, the symptoms of counterfeit products were similar to those when the neurotoxin spreads to other areas of the body. These include blurred vision, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing and lifting one’s head, and hospitalizations. 


As of April 18, 2024, 22 people from 11 states reported “harmful reactions” after receiving injectables from unlicensed and non-medical settings/providers, such as spas and homes, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. 


  • All of the affected patients are female, between ages 25 and 29. 
  • Eleven were hospitalized, while six were treated with botulism antitoxin, an antidote that can stop damage to the body, because of the concern that the product has spread beyond the treatment area. 
  • All but two received the injections for cosmetic purposes
  • All patients reported receiving treatments from unlicensed/untrained injectors in non-healthcare settings, such as homes and spas. 


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