OTTAWA, May 19, 2018 /CNW/ -
Health Canada is advising Canadiansthat it has seized an unauthorized "Botox" product and other unauthorized health products from Arshia Hair Salon and Spa (6062A Yonge Street) in Toronto, ON,
Unauthorized health products have not been approved by Health Canada, which means that they have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness and quality. Selling unauthorized health products in Canada is illegal.
Who is affectedConsumers who have been administered or used any of these unauthorized health products.
What consumers should do
What Health Canada is doingHealth Canada seized the unauthorized health products. Should additional 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, urinary incontinence, and excessive sweating. It is also used for cosmetic purposes to treat facial wrinkling. Authorized botulinum toxin type A products should be used only 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.
Unauthorized injectable health products for cosmetic purposes carry significant risk because of the potential for infection, scarring and poor outcomes. These products have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness or quality.
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