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The jury of Virginia US District Court has ordered the Allergan Inc. to pay $212 million to a man who has claimed that injections of wrinkle-smoothing Botox left him with brain damage. Afterwards, on Thursday, the company has claimed that the 67-years
'Off-Label' Uses Blamed for ProblemsBotox also is widely used by physicians for unapproved, "off-label" treatment of muscle spasticity in adults and children with cerebral palsy. Extremely high doses of Botox are injected into the bodies of cerebral palsy patients to control the involuntary muscle movements and rigidity associated with the disorder.
These large doses of the drug can quickly spread inside the body from the injection site to the lungs and throat, where Botox can interfere with or stop breathing, swallowing, and other vital bodily functions. Some cerebral palsy patients, particularly young children, have died or suffered life-threatening complications after Botox injections spread through their bodies and caused respiratory failure.
In April 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the makers of Botox and similar drugs to issue stronger warnings about the risk of respiratory failure and death when the drug spreads through the body.