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Counterfeit Botox purchased in some Arizona medical offices

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The FDA says a handful of Arizona doctors and nurse practitioners may have received an unapproved Canadian Botox drug. The drug could be injected into unsuspecting patients.

We called and emailed these medical offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson to find out if they knew they purchased non-approved drugs, but we have not heard back.

A local surgeon says FDA-unapproved drugs are cheaper to buy, but could be harmful to patients.

The drug Botox is best known for erasing fine lines and wrinkles. But the FDA says more than 350 medical practices nationwide have purchased a non-approved version of the drug from Canada -- including five doctors and nurse practitioners here in Arizona.

"As a consumer you want to know who's injecting and what they are injecting," says Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Scottsdale Cosmetic Surgeon.

Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a renowned Scottsdale cosmetic surgeon, says two wrinkle filler drugs are approved by the FDA -- Botox cosmetic and Dysport.

"You want to be able to take a look at the box or ask to see the bottle, because the Botox cosmetic will say Botox cosmetic on the box and also on the bottle."

Dr. Shapiro says Botox should be injected at reputable venues. Having it done at Botox parties, some nurse practitioners, med spas, or purchasing Botox coupons online -- may give less desirable results.

"Diluting the product, which means they are adding more solution to the Botox itself."

Doctors might buy the diluted, FDA non-approved drugs because they are less expensive. However, the drugs could give people infections or might not work at all.

"People may have Botox that wasn't placed correctly. When people cut corners with price, I find they will cut corners with technique too," says Dr. Shapiro.

Users can go to Dysport and Botox cosmetic websites to find out which doctors buy these FDA-approved drugs.

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