IAPAM Botox Training Bulletin – Buying Botox from Canada
“Should I buy Botox from Canada?” comes up at the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox Training. As physicians in the US, you want to protect your medical license, and you are putting it at risk if you buy non-FDA approved prescription drugs, which includes buying Botox from Canada. If you buy cheap Botox from Canada, you also find that you will not be covered by your medical malpractice insurance provider.
Keep in mind, that the importation of cosmetic injectables can be a felony, subject to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines. In 2009, 5 physicians, a nurse and a practice manager in New York plead pled guilty to using botox that was not sourced through proper channels. So as a physician you should not order botox over the internet at discount prices, because the botox may have been obtained outside of the US or it could be counterfeit. Physicians are told at our Aesthetic Medicine Symposium that they should only buy Botox directly from Allergan.
It can be tempted to buy Botox from Canada since its about $100/vial cheaper in Canada than in the US (we can thank the FDA required review process for the increase), however keep in mind you would be injecting botox without medical malpractice insurance, plus I’m sure your State Medical Board would not approve of you using a non-FDA approved drug in your practice! So if you are thinking of buying Botox from Canada to save $1/unit, you may want to think again! If you are thinking about adding Botox to your medical practice, its important that you do it right. The IAPAM Botox injection training programs only endorses physicians buying botox from FDA approved sources, like Allergan Inc. Doing otherwise is just not worth the risk to you or your practice. Any reputable physicians association or physician botox training seminar will never promote you using non-FDA approved Botox.