Texas considers new regulations on Botox and facial injectables
July 8, 2011
The state of Texas is considering new regulations around the anti-aging injectable medicines like Dysport and Botox, as well as facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. The new rules would aim to decrease the number of botched procedures by requiring new training for those administrating the drug, as well as placing limits on who is allowed to give the injections, according to Texas news station WFAA.
Currently, hyaluronic acid fillers are only considered to be controlled substances. While only medical professionals can order the products, anyone is allowed to administer them. This means that doctors could pass on the medicines to people who are not qualified to inject.
The Texas Medical Board will consider changing the delegation of the drugs, making them prescription medications. They may also move to disallow anyone who isn't a doctor, nurse or physician assistant from administering the cosmetic procedure, and could create new training requirements.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox was approved by the FDA in April of 2002 and has been the number one cosmetic procedure in the US for a decade. Injectables account for 43% of the plastic surgery market and are among the most sought after procedures today.
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