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Botox Death Suit Reaches Settlement

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By Jason Beahm on September 20, 2010 10:06 AM

The son and daughter of Sondra Bryant, a woman who died after receiving Botox injections, have reached a settlement with Allergan. Bryant, who died at 70 in 2008, had 100 units of Botox injections to treat shoulder pain.

Lynne and Bryan Kramer and daughter-in-law Collette Kramer filed the lawsuit and noted that Botox injection therapy for shoulder pain was not an approved treatment by the Food and Drug Administration. They alleged that Allergan had marketed Botox for a host of treatments that were never approved by the FDA. In addition, they alleged that their mother was never told of the risks associated with the Botox injections.

The settlement amount was not disclosed, but the plaintiffs said that they were satisfied with the amount. "It's the icing on the cake. The big cake was the Department of Justice fine," said Lynn Kramer, The Orange County Register reports. Kramer was referencing the massive fine of $600 million fine that Allergan paid to settle charges that the company marketed Botox for unapproved treatments.

According to the lawsuit, within a few days of receiving the Botox shots, Bryant could not hold up her head on her own. Within three weeks she required a feeding tube.

It's not the first time that Allergan has been sued over Botox. Allergan lost a lawsuit in Oklahoma, when a jury returned a $15 million verdict after a women was left partially paralized after receiving Botox to remove her wrinkles.

So I'm really supposed to avoid getting on a soapbox here, but I have to say, be careful ladies. Cosmetic surgery has its risks and besides, you're beautiful just the way you are.

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