Oklahoma Jury Finds Botox Maker Negligent, Awards $15M

May 13, 2010

A jury in Oklahoma County has found the maker of Botox negligent and awarded $15 million to a doctor who says she suffered botulism after using the anti-wrinkle drug.

The jury found Allergan Inc. negligent because the label on the product did not include enough information about potential side effects. It awarded Dr. Sharla Helton $15 million in actual damages.

Helton said she suffered pain and weakness after receiving Botox injections that led her to sell her medical practice and step down as medical director of an Oklahoma City hospital.

Allergan spokeswoman Carolyn Van Hove called the ruling “inconsistent with all credible and scientific medical evidence.” She said the company will appeal.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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