On August 12, five doctors and their nurses pleaded guilty of a misdemeanor charge of ordering and using an unapproved BOTOX® Cosmetic-like substance on their patients. The doctors’ office paid $100,000 divided between 151 patients who had been given the treatment, without a medical malpractice suit having yet been filed.
The patients, who were led to believe they were being treated with Allergan BOTOX® Cosmetic, which is FDA approved, may not have been the only ones surprised that it wasn’t the real thing. At least one of the doctors allegedly thought he was using BOTOX® Cosmetic in the patients’ treatment. But the patients had paid full price for the treatment, even though the substitute substance cost about half what the actual substance costs to purchase.
However, when the doctors discovered the substance was not approved for human use, they discontinued using the treatment but failed to notify the 151 patients they had treated with it.
Professionals who are responsible for the safety and health of their patients have the duty to inform their patients of any unexpected factors in the patients’ treatment. If you have suffered from the negligence of a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon, you may be eligible for reimbursement beyond that provided by your insurance company.
If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area please contact experienced medical malpractice attorney Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today, and learn how regain the positive look of your future.