Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Firm barred from selling Botox knockoff: "FORT LAUDERDALE - Two doctors and their Arizona company were barred Monday from selling or marketing an unapproved botulism toxin that is believed to have paralyzed four people who should have used the weaker anti-wrinkle drug Botox. Drs. Chad Livdahl and Zarah Karim of Toxin Research International Inc. do not have approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the 'use, sale, marketing and promotion of a toxic substance for treatment of wrinkles in human beings,' according to a statement from the Miami office of U.S. Attorney Marcos Jimenez. An emergency restraining order on the company, President and CEO Livdahl and board member Karim was approved Monday by U.S. District Judge James Cohn in Fort Lauderdale. It also covers three sister companies: Powderz Inc., Cosmetic Pharmacy Inc. and Z Spa Inc."