Is Counterfeit Botox a Terrorist Threat?

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The U.S. Department of Defense and antiterrorist organizations are growing increasingly concerned about the trade in fake botulinum toxin because, and there’s a long string to this, it could somehow be at the root of production of a weapon of mass destruction (the Washington Post, “Officials Fear Toxic Ingredient in Botox Could Become Terrorist Tool,” Jan. 25, 2010).

Undoubtedly, United Nations inspectors and C.I.A. agents found vials of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) in Saddam Hussein’s arsenal, but my guess is that those were for personal use, not for carrying out his genocidal plans…

This post originally appeared on The Mole, the blog of Skin & Allergy News, an Elsevier Global Medical News publication. Please visit The Mole to read more.

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