Virginia Man Claims Botox Left Him Disabled

Virginia Man Claims Botox Left Him DisabledA Virginia man who got Botox injections in his hands to combat writer's cramps says he is now disabled and brain damaged because of the drug.

Douglas Ray Jr., 65, holds Botox's manufacturer liable for his injuries in his dangerous drugs lawsuit, which seeks $20 million in damages, The Associated Press reports. A jury recently began to hear his civil complaint in federal court in Richmond, the news source said.

Ray says that Allergan, Inc. marketed its wrinkle-smoothing injections for purposes other than those the drug is approved for by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including writer's cramp and hand tremors. Ray got the injections for these purposes, and his immune system allegedly reacted adversely to the Botox, causing brain damage and disability that has made him unable to care for himself.

According to its website, Allergan is the manufacturer of Botox, dermal filler Juvederm and the Lap-Band adjustable gastric banding system. The company claims that Botox is currently approved for use in 80 countries for 21 different indications.