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Judge cracks down on Botox knock-off

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MIAMI, Dec 28, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A federal judge has halted distribution of Botulinum Toxin, a knock-off wrinkle reducer blamed for paralyzing four Florida residents.

Federal prosecutors brought the complaint against Arizona-based Toxin Research International and three related companies, saying the product was dangerously mislabeled and not always clear that it was intended only for research, not use on humans, the Miami Herald reported.

Osteopath Bach McComb was one of four people paralyzed with botulism just before Thanksgiving. Florida Health Department officials said he was injected as was his girlfriend, A.J. Hall, and a Palm Beach Gardens couple, Eric and Bonnie Kaplan.

The Kaplans filed a civil suit against McComb and his business, the newspaper said. Lawyers say the Kaplans were told they were being injected with the Food & Drug Administration-approved Botox, which has a fraction of the paralyzing agent in Botulinum Toxin.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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