As you probably know, while Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, its use is said to have caused serious injuries, ranging from muscle weakness to difficulty swallowing or breathing to death. Botox – and a similar drug, Myobloc – are made of botulinum toxin. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Botox for “therapeutic” conditions, such as involuntary eye blinking, involuntary contractions of the neck muscles, excessive sweating and crossed eyes.
Botox Cosmetic is approved for the temporary smoothing of wrinkles between the eyebrows, and Myobloc is approved for adults who suffer from severe neck muscle spasms. But neither product has been approved for children under 12 years of age for any purpose. Nevertheless, some patients, including children, are receiving the drugs for off-label uses, such as combating limb spasticity in cerebral palsy patients, migraines or excessive salivation. In August, after evaluating reports of numerous adverse reactions from both approved and unapproved uses of Myobloc and Botox, the FDA announced that both products would be required to carry a black box warning.
The warning highlights “the possibility of experiencing [a] potentially life-threatening distant spread of toxin – from the injection site after local injection.” Obviously, the previous label was inadequate. By the time the FDA required the company to update the Botox label, the agency had quite a bit of information about the possible spread of the toxin from injection sites. There are a number of Botox-related lawsuits that have been filed in a number of courts around the country.
Because of the drug’s popularity and wide-spread use, as well as the delay that can occur between an injection and the onset of symptoms, there will likely be more cases filed. The onset of symptoms following Botox injections can take anywhere from a few hours to several days. Often persons will have a generalized weakness, or flu-like symptoms. In more severe cases, they have trouble breathing and swallowing and may have to be put on a mechanical ventilator and have a feeding tube put in. An anti-toxin can combat the botulism, but it is only effective during the first 48 hours.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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