The Capital Region Police are investigating Botox treatments offered by a woman in her home in Kópavogur, a neighboring town of Reykjavík. She imports botulinum from Ukraine and injects it into people’s faces to reduce wrinkles.
Icelandic police officers. The photo is not related to the story. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Director of Health Geir Gunnlaugsson told mbl.is that such treatments are very dangerous. The woman is not a certified medical practitioner and the substance that she is importing is monitored by the Icelandic Medicines Agency.
“Boutulinum is a very strong toxin and can cause significant damage if not used properly. The substance is bound by a marketing permit and should not be used unless it is under the care and supervision of a physician or another professional,” Gunnlaugsson added.
He added that this matter might be in breach of consumer protection and medicine importation laws and is looking into how the Directorate of Health can react to it.