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    Neurotoxin pipeline advances, stay wary of counterfeits

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    The neurotoxin armamentarium may be expanding in the not-to-distant future as several injectable toxins are now being evaluated in U.S. clinical trials. At the start of 2016, however, cosmetic and dermatologic surgeons can and should be satisfied using any of the three botulinum toxin products that have FDA approval, said Michael H. Gold, M.D., who provided a review of neurotoxins on the radar during the MauiDerm 2016 meeting. In addition, he cautioned about the risks associated with the use of counterfeit products.

    Michael H. Gold, M.D“The bottom line for physicians in the United States is that we have three phenomenal neurotoxin products to choose from, and individual practitioners can decide which they want to use based on their personal experience with these products and their relationships with the different manufacturers,” he said. Dr. Gold is owner, Gold Skin Care Center, Tennessee Clinical Research Center, Nashville, Tenn.  

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    “At the same time, there are many counterfeit toxins and they are readily available. Don’t be foolish and naïve in thinking that you can purchase these lower priced products outside of conventional sources and will simply be buying yourself a better deal. Realize these are fake materials that can cause serious problems for both patients and users,” he warned.

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    In his update on what’s coming in neurotoxins, Dr. Gold first pointed out that the three neurotoxins that are available in the United States go by different tradenames in other parts of the world. In some international markets, Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA, Allergan) is known as Vistabel, Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA, Merz) goes by BoCouture, and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA, Galderma) is named Azzulare.

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