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UAE Ministry of Health warns against fake drug to treat wrinkles

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention warned against a fake drug used to treat wrinkles and muscle disorders, saying it could cause health risks.

In a circular distributed to healthcare practitioners and facilities, the ministry said the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned about fake batches of Dysport.

Dysport is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to treat muscle stiffness, limb spasms and cervical dystonia.

According to WHO, batches of Dysport were proven to be fake after inspection of manufacturing expiry dates and printed info on boxes and bottles, which did not match.

The ministry urged the public not to buy batch U01975, expiring in July 2024, batch U12523, expiring in April 2023, batch U14534, expiring in March 2023, and batch U05804, expiring in December 2022.

“Medical products must be purchased at licensed and registered pharmacies in the UAE, and the physical condition of the product must be carefully examined. In case of suspicion, the advice of a healthcare professional is recommended,” according to the ministry. ICA/Expat Media

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