The parents of a teen who died of botulism claim in Orange County Superior Court it was caused by Allergan of Irvine illegally pushing off-label uses of Botox.Doctors can prescribe drugs for uses beyond what is specified on warning labels, but drug companies cannot by law.
UPDATE, MAY 23, 12:31 P.M.: Irvine's Shalabh Rastogi is being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment in Santa Ana today on charges that he strangled and murdered his wife in the apartment they shared with their three children, prosecutors announced.The 39-year-old finance worker faces one ... More >>
Paula RojeskiCredibility has been rapidly shrinking for the executives behind the 1-800-GET-THIN campaign (you know the one), and now, a new lawsuit alleges that the business they're running is a "huge, lucrative and criminal enterprise." In the lawsuit, posted here by the Los Angeles Times ... More >>
Coming to a billboard near you. Los Angeles Times reporters have been staying on top of Lap-Band clinic practices like that maple bacon donut stays on top of your would-be waistline. The Lap-Band, of course, is Allergan's surgically-implanted weight-loss device obnoxiously ... More >>
Bob's bitch tits were his claim to fame in Fight Club. Turns out the general public isn't too keen on male chest chub, though. The removal of man boobs is just one of several surgeries performed frequently at CosmetiCare, a local plastic surgery joint that says its seen a roughly 200 pe ... More >>
They give awards to movie stars, schoolteachers and even rodeo ropers, so why not your friendly neighborhood cutter?Why not, indeed. They handed out hardware to plastic surgeons Saturday night in Las Vegas, site of the first Aesthetic Awards.The big winner of the night hailed from Orange County.
In another attempt to expand the fatty pool for its popular Lap-Band devices, Allergan Inc. is now targeting a younger set. The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company has asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow the weight-loss surgery for those as young as 14, the Los Angeles Times rep ... More >>
An Allergan public relations campaign is being called "sleazy."A PR company working for the Irvine-based pharmaceutical giant is apparently offering journalists $250 to attend an Allergan-sponsored media presentation on Botox, Latisse and Juvederm.
Allergan Inc., which is already rolling in it thanks to remedies such as Botox, Latisse and Natrelle breast implants, aims to roll in even more of it by increasing the fatty pool for its Lap-Band weight-loss devices.The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company wants the government to decrease the mini ... More >>
There's some good news and bad news for Allergan, Inc. Bad news: The Irvine-based pharmaceutical company tops the list of Department of Justice fraud settlements in the 2010 fiscal year, having lost $600 million in an October lawsuit that accused them of marketing Botox for "off-label" uses.Good ... More >>
Allergan, Inc.'s misleading marketing cost them big time. A judge this week approved the $600 million fine feds previously announced against the Irvine-based pharmaceutical company whose most popular product is Botox. But don't cry too hard for Allergan: Botox earns the company $1.3 billion in an ... More >>
Two giant drug companies with a heavy presence in Irvine this week suffered separate blows, possibly to their bottom lines.One took a hit from the U.S. government, the other from a new wonder product out of the U.K.As part of a settlement with the Food and Drug Administration, Irvine-based Allerg ... More >>
The Irvine-based maker of Botox was hit with a double-whammy today.
Our stuck-up neighbor to the north, Los Angeles County, is among America's leading "Judicial Hellholes," which is what the American Tort Reform Association calls finalists on its annual list of the nation's most unfair civil court jurisdictions. But don't gloat too hard, Orange Countians, because we ... More >>
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