Botox Trial: Doctor injects patients with chemicals from China

28 10 2009

Here is a news article from October 27, 2009. A doctor bought chemicals in China and is using them for injecting Botox into patients. Counterfeit drugs can range from prescription drugs all the way to plastic surgery! This article was retrieved from the Seattle PI October 28, 2009.

Eighteen months have passed since the woman received the wrinkle-fighting injection that set her face aflame.

Her plastic surgeon, brought in to clean up the mess allegedly created by a Bellevue salon owner, said he is hopeful that the damage can be repaired. He’s removed the quarter-size brown lumps that had formed around the woman’s eyes following the injection, and continues to hunt new nodules during her regular visits every three weeks.

“We have a ways to go yet,” Dr. Richard Baxter told U.S. District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman, testifying Tuesday in the criminal trial of beautician Xin “Faith” He. “Once we’re sure that the nodules are gone and are not growing back we’re going to look into some other procedures.”

Federal prosecutors in Seattle filed charges against He in August, asserting that, despite action by the state Department of Health, she continued to illegally inject customers with cosmetic medicines she’d obtained from China. A bench trial is currently underway in which Pechman will decide whether He possessed or sold counterfeit prescription drugs.

Prosecutors contend that, even on the eve of trial, He continues to sell her services. As recently as Oct. 9, prosecutors claim, her advertisements were found in a Seattle-area newspaper.

State health officials first took action against He following a 2004 incident in which He injected a woman with a drug she purported to be Restylane, a trademarked anti-wrinkle drug produced in Sweden.

That injection left the customer with a hard, red knot on her forehead, Dr. Julie Voss testified Tuesday. Voss, who treated the woman following the inflammation, reported He to the state Department of Health.

“I was afraid that someone who didn’t know what they were doing was injecting something harmful into people,” Voss told the judge.

Contacted by an undercover heath investigator, He offered to give her a Botox injection for $500, prosecutors claim. Investigators later seized several vials bearing the word Botox but otherwise covered only with Chinese characters.

Confronted by investigators, He, who held a certificate in cosmetics from Bellevue Beauty School, allegedly said she had been taught to give the injections during a 2004 visit to China. She ultimately signed a cease and desist agreement in 2006.

But He was still injecting patients two years later, prosecutors contend. Even weeks before the current trial, He was allegedly advertising her services in a Vietnamese language newspaper circulated in Seattle.

In a response to the court, He’s attorney argued that He did not knowingly offer counterfeit drugs to the women. He, the attorney argued, did not have the required knowledge of the drugs to realize they were fakes.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Warma disputed that contention in court documents. He, Warma said, “lied when she deliberately and callously exposed women whose trust she had gained to the unknown and unknowable dangers posed by counterfeit drugs.”

He’s trial is expected to continue through Wednesday and will likely conclude this week. She faces a three-year prison term if convicted as charged.

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2 02 2010
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[…] problem with counterfeit botox. I wrote a post about this in October of 2009. The post is called Botox Trial. You can read a little more about this problem there. This article that I just discovered; however, […]

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