A woman from Texas was caught selling popular dermal fillers including Restylane, Dysport and Botox online in October 2009, and also posted videos on YouTube on how to self-administer these injectables.
The Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit against her, and sued the woman and her business because it is illegal to market cosmetic devices and prescription drugs online. Many of the products she was selling did require a prescription, but she had made them readily available for any consumer to purchase.
The website has now officially been shut down, thanks to the lawsuit and the Texas Attorney General’s requests. The former entrepreneur has now been charged for multiple violations of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, as well as the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. She is paying approximately $125,000 to the state in civil penalties, attorney fees and other costs
It is illegal for anyone in the United States to prescribe drugs to individuals or dispense drugs to consumers, unless they are a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner. Many sellers online find it easier to sidestep some laws and rules in their state by setting up online stores, but state attorney generals and the FDA are cracking down on sites like these as soon as they learn about them. The National Assocation of Boards of Pharmacy also tracks thousands of sites selling prescription drugs, and ensures that they are meeting the standards of brick-and-mortar shops.
DIY Botox and other injectables are generally a bad idea because of the risk of overdose and hazards involved in breaking the skin without supervision. Many injectables contain harsh chemicals that can cause severe side effects when they are not administered correctly.
Last October, Wired.com reported on the website and videos, pointing out that the company had more than 2,000 customers. The website was called Discountmedspa.com, and sold several types of injectables and prescription drugs.