Dangerous beauty: a batch of counterfeit botox in the amount of 10 million rubles was seized in Kirov

Three female residents of Kirov, who sold life-threatening botox, were taken into custody. The women sold counterfeit Chinese medicines to home-based beauticians, as well as large medical centers. Counterfeit biorevitalizers, fillers and botulinum toxin totaling 10 million rubles were discovered in the warehouse.

Three female residents of Kirov, who sold life-threatening botox, were taken into custody. The women sold counterfeit Chinese medicines to home-based beauticians, as well as large medical centers. Counterfeit biorevitalizers, fillers and botulinum toxin totaling 10 million rubles were discovered in the warehouse.

The Kirov residents accused of selling counterfeit goods did not have licenses for medical and pharmaceutical activities and carried out illegal trade. One of the entrepreneurs, 36-year-old Anastasia Kovalevskaya, was detained while selling another batch of unregistered injections in the amount of 117,000 rubles. At the moment, the issue of choosing a right measure of restraint for her is being decided.

The FSB officers searched the warehouse where the substances were stored. As a result, there were found about 3 cubic meters of injection packs, which were presented under the names of famous brands by foreign cosmetics product manufacturers.

The counterfeit botox from the women was purchased by employees of the famous cosmetology clinics in Kirov, as well as by cosmetologists working at home. After the procedures the affected clients have got the symptoms like face and neck swelling, face asymmetry, tissue necrosis, scars, in some cases tissue death and partial blindness were observed.

According to the reports, a criminal case has been instituted under Article 238.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Circulation of counterfeit, substandard and unregistered medicines, medical devices and the sale of counterfeit biologically active additives”. At the moment, law enforcement agencies establish the roles of the defendants in the case and other circumstances of the incident.

Eduard Fedosov, Director General of the anti-counterfeiting company BRANDPOL: “All women want to be beautiful, but not all of them have an opportunity to assess whether medical procedures will be performed with original or counterfeit medicines. The most important criterion is the price of the service. No doubt that the state should administer the circulation of medicines and medical products, control beauty salons. Mandatory labeling of medicines will be introduced in the near future, but it is important that manufacturers of original medical products and devices also join this. Ultimately, it is their business, their economic and reputation losses we are talking about. We have enough successful cases in this area, and we are ready to provide the necessary assistance to any copyright holders and manufacturers, for women should not worry about their health in beauty parlors.”