OTTAWA, March 31, 2017 /CNW/
IssueHealth Canada is advising Canadians thatit has seized the unauthorized injectable health product "Botulax" and unauthorized medical sutures "The Lift II" from SPMU-MTS Studio, at 8788 McKim Way, Unit 1200, in Richmond, BC. Both products may pose serious risks
Botulax is labelled to contain botulinum toxin type A and was being administered as an injectable treatment for cosmetic purposes. The Lift II is an absorbable suture used to close incisions after surgery. Neither product is authorized for sale in Canada, which means they have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness or quality.
Who is affected
What consumers should do
What Health Canada is doingHealth Canada seized the products from SPMU-MTS Studio. Health Canada is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation of these products. Should additional products, retailers or distributors be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians as necessary.
BackgroundBotulinum toxin type A is used to treat severe muscle spasms in the neck, eye and foot, as well as chronic migraines, incontinence, and excessive sweating. It is also used for cosmetic purposes to treat facial wrinkling. Authorized botulinum toxin type A products should only be used under specialist supervision and only if the benefits of treatment are considered to outweigh the risks. Potential risks associated with injecting an unauthorized Botulinum toxin type A product can range from mild local paralysis to death. All products administered by injection in Canada must be authorized for sale by Health Canada.
The Lift II is an absorbable suture used to close incisions after surgery. It is not authorized for sale in Canada. The safety, effectiveness or quality of unauthorized medical devices is not known, and unauthorized medical devices may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.
For more informationStay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and product recalls using social media tools.
To learn more about cosmetic injections, visit Canada.ca.
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SOURCE Health Canada
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