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2 April 2014

Warning for unregulated Botox injections

The Department of Health is advising clients who underwent botulinum toxin (Botox) injections at Pastel Skin and Body Care, Applecross to contact a WA Health public health nurse.

This advice follows an investigation which found that the person giving the injections was not a registered nurse and that the medicine had been illegally imported from overseas. The investigation was triggered after WA Health received a customer complaint.

As a prescription-only medicine, Botox injections must be prescribed by a medical practitioner and administered by a doctor or nurse.

"The Botox injections were provided to customers who had purchased anti-wrinkle treatment via various internet shopping sites, such as cudo.com.au and deals.com.au," Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson said.

"Where possible, WA Health is contacting all of the clinic’s clients who have been given injections, but information on some clients is limited.

"Patients who have undergone anti-wrinkle treatment at Pastel Skin and Body Care, Applecross within the last year and who have not received a letter or an email from the Department of Health should contact the public health nurse on 9431 0200 during business hours for further follow-up."

Dr Robertson said it was important that anyone having Botox injections ensured they were being administered by a trained health practitioner and that they had checked the practitioner’s credentials.

Medicine injections from an unlicensed clinic particularly where the medicine is imported from overseas and is of unknown quality places people at greater risk from both the medicine and cross-infection.

To check if a health practitioner is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency visit: www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx.

More information about prescribing and administering botulinum toxin can be found at: www.public.health.wa.gov.au/cproot/5000/2/information-bulletin-botulinum-toxin.pdf

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