The popularity of Botox for cosmetic purposes in recent years has led to national concerns over counterfeit “black-market Botox.” The uncontrolled and unregulated production and distribution of counterfeit Botox could not only lead to unsafe clinical use of Botox, but also raises concerns among Homeland Security experts that would-be bioterrorists could harbor botulinum toxin, a recent study warns.
Universal Detection Technology (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats has created bioweapons detection kits, certified last year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While these kits have little clinical application, they are ideally suited for law enforcement teams uncovering counterfeit Botox detection labs in the field, as well as rapidly identifying suspicious agents discovered in unsecured locations. The kits are designed to detect and identify up to five separate threats using one sample in a single, easy-to-use device.
Rest assured that this Homeland Security concern will in no way cross-over into the clinical use of Botox for treatment of facial fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Brenner, like most Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons, uses only real Botox, manufactured by Allergan Corporation, and tightly regulated by the FDA.