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Plastic Surgery: Internet

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of websites advertising botulinum toxin, fillers and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures for sale to people in England. (306518)

The Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) do not routinely collect information on websites advertising botulinum toxin, fillers and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures for sale to people in the United Kingdom.

However, the MHRA regulates the advertising of medicines, including botulinum toxin products where it is a licensed medicine. The cosmetic use of Botox® is outside the product’s licensed indications. The administration of injectable medicines such as Botox® (whether or not for cosmetic use) is restricted. Unless self-administered, they may only be administered by an independent practitioner or a person acting in accordance with the patient-specific directions of an independent prescriber. The MHRA will take appropriate action on receipt of any complaint about websites advertising botulinum toxin as a cosmetic treatment.