Metro clinic receives 'unapproved' versions of Botox


A warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a Twin Cities clinic is among 350 medical practices nationwide that purchased potentially unsafe versions of Botox.

The FDA says Dr. Dietrich Lawrenz DDS, MD, of OMS Specialists received the illegal medication from the pharmacy Canada Dugs.

Lawrenz is one of five physicians practicing at the oral surgery clinic which has five locations throughout the metro including Blaine, Cambridge, Maple Grove, St. Anthony and Waconia, KSTP reports.

The drugs can be counterfeit, contaminated, improperly stored or transported or unsafe. The agency says many, if not, all of the products sold and distributed by this supplier have not been FDA approved.

A letter advises the affected medical practices stop using the medications immediately.

Canada Drugs also played a part in circulating a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin this year, CBS News says.

In October, the FDA ordered operations of more than 4,000 websites, the majority of them run by Canada Drugs, to immediately stop selling unapproved medications to U.S. consumers.

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