Plas­tic surgery clinic raid

Herald Sun - - NEWS - GRANT McARTHUR

ROGUE cos­metic surgery clin­ics will be in the sights of a bol­stered in­ves­ti­ga­tion squad.

The ac­tion fol­lows a raid on a Glen Waver­ley cos­metic surgery clinic as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pect Chi­nese Botox-like in­jec­tions.

With more than 50 cos­metic surgery com­plaints in a surge of re­ports to the Vic­to­ria’s Health Com­plaints Com­mis­sioner, the An­drews Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided the agency with a squad of ad­di­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors

The Her­ald Sun be­lieves of­fi­cers from the HCC searched the Spar­adise clinic on May 1, seiz­ing sub­stances tha that may have been in­tended for use in in­jectable cos­metic pr pro­ce­dures.

Be­cause sub­stances found in the clinic con­tained la­bels w writ­ten only in Chi­nese, Man­darin-speak­ing of­fi­cers from the Depart­ment of Health’s Drugs and Poi­sons Reg­u­la­tion branch took part in the raid to help iden­tify drugs.

It is be­lieved ev­i­dence gath­ered at the clinic is be­ing an­a­lysed and cross-ref­er­enced with records from the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­min­is­tra­tion to de­ter­mine if they are ap­proved for use in Aus­tralia and whether the clinic had ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits for their use.

The com­pany that makes Botox claims it had not sup­plied any med­i­ca­tion to the Spar­adise clinic.

The Spar­adise clinic said in a state­ment: “As you know, there is cur­rently an in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing and in re­spect of which we deny any wrong­do­ing.”

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