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Botox patient awarded compensation

Wed

Botox patient awarded compensationA Botox patient has been awarded compensation after a jury heard the procedure had been wrongfully performed.

Douglas Ray Jr was given the money after claiming he was injured following injections to relieve a hand tremor, Reuters reports.

The 67-year-old was awarded $212 million (£126,997,974) after developing brain damage as a result of incorrect use of the procedure.

Pharmaceutical company Allergan was accused of marketing Botox for procedures which remain unapproved by the government.

The firm was allegedly teaching medical professionals how to bill for "off-label" uses such as treating headaches and cerebral palsy in children.

This news comes after Independent Healthcare Advisory Service spokeswoman Sally Taber urged people to ensure Botox practitioners are appropriately qualified, the Sun reports.

Ms Taber advises people contemplating undergoing Botox treatment to check the history of the doctor performing the procedure to ensure they are qualified to administer the injectable cosmetic treatment.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800518948-ADNFCR

Popularity of botox increases among older men

Wed

Popularity of botox increases among older menNon-invasive botox treatments are becoming increasingly common among middle-aged patients, new figures reveal.

According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, non-invasive botox treatments were up by two per cent in 2010, especially among baby boomers.

The number of male surgical operations remained stagnant at 1.1 million between 2007 and 2009, the figure increased to 2.1 million in 2010.

Experts have put the increase in the number of male botox enthusiasts down to the fact that middle-aged men are becoming more conscious of their appearance and are becoming more open to surgical treatments to improve the way they look.

Mumbai-based cosmetic surgeon Manoj Kumar J Manwani, who deals with approximately 5,000 – 6,000 cases every year, said: "All lunchtime surgeries take less than an hour, are non

-invasive or superficial, can be done with local anaesthesia and show results immediately."

Douglas Ray Jr, 65, recently filed a £12 million lawsuit against botox maker Allergan, claiming that the substance caused him to suffer brain damage.  ADNFCR-2621-ID-800513517-ADNFCR

Lawsuit filed against botox makers

Wed

Lawsuit filed against botox makersA lawsuit against a botox manufacturer has highlighted the importance of patients choosing properly qualified practitioners.

Douglas Ray Jr filed a $20 million (£12 million) against Allergan in a federal court in Richmond Virginia, claiming that injections to relieve the writer's cramp in his right hand left him brain damaged and disabled.

Mr Ray alleges that Allergan promoted the use of the drug for treatments not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, such as writer's cramp and hand tremors, which led to him using the substance and suffering an immune reaction.

As a result, the 65-year-old was left with a brain injury that has taken away his ability to look after himself and carry out ordinary everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing himself or shaving.

Allergan has denied the charges alleged by Mr Ray and the trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

Last year, Dr Sharla Helton was awarded a $15 million payout from Allergan after an Oklahoma jury found the company liable for Dr Helton suffering years of pain after using Allergan's botox treatments. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800513403-ADNFCR

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