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DIY botox kits for sale on the internet


  • May 10, 2012

    DIY botox kits for sale on the internet

    A pack containing Botox powder, needles, and a face map was available without a prescription, a Which? Computing investigation found.

    The pack was available on eBay from the US for 95 US dollars (£62).

    The auction website removed the advert as soon as it was contacted by the magazine.

    Botox injections are used to prevent wrinkles and lines.

    But the procedure is dangerous to carry out without medical expertise.

    Sarah Kidner, Editor of Which? Computing said: “It’s easy to forget that Botox is actually a poison, which if injected in the wrong area could produce some shocking results.

    “We were appalled that we were able to buy a DIY Botox kit so easily and we are concerned that the internet is becoming a marketplace for cut-price cosmetic treatments.”

    Researchers also found Melanotan, the so-called tan jab, available through a UK-based website.

    The site, which has now been shut down, was offering Melanotan complete with syringes and instructions on how to inject it into the stomach.

    The jab is not licensed in the UK because of safety fears.

    The UK Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) said it did not have jurisdiction over companies operating in the US.

    But it has upheld dozens of complaints over the advertising of Botox within the UK.

    An MHRA spokeswoman said the authority was investigating about 30 cases of Melanotan being advertised over the internet and there were seven ongoing criminal investigations.


2 Comments


  1. Beth says:

    I think this may be a reason for all the horror stories you hear about! Surely this must be illegal?!?

  2. Sarah D says:

    Anyone who buys one of these is an idiot!


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