Friday, February 8, 2008

Botox Mass Tort?

Very interesting article on cnn.com --  FDA warns of Botox side effects, deaths.  The FDA currently says it's only probing a "relative handful" of reports, but the widespread usage of Botox certainly raises the possibility of a mass tort.  Here's an excerpt:

The popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox and a competitor have been linked to dangerous botulism symptoms in some users, cases so bad that a few children given the drugs for muscle spasms have died, the government warned Friday.

The Food and Drug Administration's warning includes both Botox, a wrinkle-specific version called Botox Cosmetic, and its competitor, Myobloc, drugs that all use botulinum toxin to block nerve impulses, causing them to relax.

In rare cases, the toxin can spread beyond the injection site to other parts of the body, paralyzing or weakening the muscles used for breathing and swallowing, a potentially fatal side effect, the FDA said.

Botox is best known for minimizing wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles -- but botulinum toxin also is widely used for a variety of muscle-spasm conditions, such as cervical dystonia or severe neck spasms.

BGS

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Hi, I am required to present a recent mass tort case in one of my law school classes. Does anyone know any recent cases where the plaintiffs won?

Posted by: Guy | Feb 14, 2008 6:05:51 PM

i need help.

in 2006 i was diagnosed with distonia...altho my symtoms are not typical. the furst neurologist i was referred to triedseveral meds but nothing helped, then she referred me to asnother local neurologist as she felt botox injections might help.

since the botox injections in january 2007 my conditioned has worsened and i am ib great pain. new docs have inferred that i have nerve damage. i am at my wits end.

someone pleaese, please help me

Posted by: lilly | May 22, 2008 4:49:19 AM

I agree my friend experienced the popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox,and its not a good a good for her,anyway thank to your blog i wish i saw this earlier.

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Posted by: dermatologist pomona | May 5, 2009 5:54:16 PM

I've heard lots of bad effects of botox. And this is one is dangerous to our health because it contains botulinum. Thanks for shring this. I will remind my friends about it.

Posted by: Cosmetic surgeon Los Angeles | Jun 14, 2010 9:41:39 AM

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