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November 12, 2013 / Brian Bush

Botox May Have Caused Woman’s Suicide, According To Federal Judge

Last week a U.S. District Court Judge upheld a husband’s claims against Allergan, Inc., the manufacturer of the popular cosmetic drug Botox, for the suicide death of his wife, Janet Rosenstern. The lawsuit alleges negligence, failure to warn and wrongful death.

According to Klaus Rosenstern, his wife’s suicide was induced by “Botox Poisioning.” Mr. Rosenstern said Janet suffered “severe debilitating pain in her back and neck, muscle weakness, increased anxiety, depression and migraines” after her Botox treatment. Her condition progressively worsened until her death.

Janet Rosenstern purportedly used Botox in 2011 to treat temporomandibular joint syndrome (TJS), a condition which affects the jaw and surrounding facial muscles. The treatment was an off-label use of Botox, typically used to treat facial wrinkles.

Botox is made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin. According to an article in the Journal of American Medical Association, ominously titled “Botulinum Toxin as a Biological Weapon…,” botulinum toxin is the most acutely toxic substance known.

Allergan, Inc. has been in trouble previously for promoting off-label uses of the treatment. In 2010, the company pleaded guilty for its unlawful promotion of Botox and paid $600 million in civil and criminal penalties.

The federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and California consumer protection laws make it unlawful for a cosmetic or pharmaceutical company to promote unsafe and unapproved uses for their products. If you or someone you know has suffered from off-brand or mislabeled medical treatments you are encouraged to contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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