Dr. sentenced for using non FDA-approved drug

June 13, 2008 2:27:46 PM PDT
A Houston physician was sentenced today for injecting patients with a product that wasn't approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human use. Dr. Gayle Rothenberg was sentenced to 27 months on federal prison for injecting 170 patients with a drug called Botulinum Toxin Type A. Though the drug is for research purposes only, authorities say Dr. Rothenberg injected it into patients who believed they were receiving Botox.

Although Rothenberg advertised in brochures, magazines and websites she specialized in treating facial wrinkles with Botox, she stopped ordering the product because of a price increase in January 2004 and began ordering the unapproved drug from Toxin Research International because it was half the price of Botox.

Rothenberg and her husband, co-defendant Saul Gower, operated the Center For Image Enhancement located on Bering Drive in Houston, a medical clinic specializing in plastic surgery.

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