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2 doctors accused of using bootleg Botox



Published: Wed, January 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Two Florida doctors were suspended after being accused of using bootleg Botox on their patients.

Health officials said they are not aware of injuries to the patients of Drs. Norman Cohen of Jacksonville and Daniel C. Daube Jr. of Panama City.

But a similar bootleg form of the wrinkle-removing substance paralyzed a doctor and three people he injected at a Fort Lauderdale clinic in November.

Botox is the brand name for a government-approved substance derived from the botulism toxin. It temporarily paralyzes muscles to smooth out wrinkles.

Investigators said they have found evidence that some doctors have mixed their own batches using raw botulism toxin obtained from bacteria supplier Toxin Research International of Tuscon, Ariz.

While investigating TRI, officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found invoices naming the two doctors.




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