Fake-Botox Doctor Gets Some Prison Time

Categories: Courts, Crime
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Nicole Kidman uses only the best Botox
Gayle Rothenberg was convicted way back in 2007 of injecting patients with fake Botox. Today she finally got sentenced.

Rothenberg will serve five and a half months in prison, three years of supervised release, and pay reparations of almost $100,000 to patients, U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno announced this afternoon.

Rothenberg had a pretty good aesthetic-medicine practice going at her Center for Image Enhancement, but when the manufacturer raised the price of Botox, she started using a cheaper item even though it was labeled "FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR HUMAN USE."

Amazingly, she did not inform her patients -- more than 170 of them -- of the switch.

At her initial trial, patients "testified they had not been informed Rothenberg was administering a drug not approved for human use and would not have given consent for the use of such a drug."

(So there are limits to how far you'd go to fight aging!!)

Rothenberg successfully appealed her conviction, with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals siding with her a year ago.

The feds re-indicted her, and she pleaded guilty last month to misbranding of a drug while being held for sale and making false statements to an agent of the United States government.

So remember, if you're so aghast that a simple bit of wrinkling has naturally occurred on your face, you want to make sure that the doctor injects you with a needle filled with the proper type of toxic chemical, not some off-brand toxic chemical.

Or you could just, you know, be natural. Because frankly the woman on this BOTOX Cosmetic page looks a little scary, and she's supposed to be helping to sell the product.

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