POSTED ON JANUARY 9, 2013:
Botox Blues. A Tulsa dermatology clinic is on a list of more than 350 medical providers cited by the Food and Drug Administration for having received from a foreign supplier potentially unsafe or ineffective medication.
Smith Dermatology Clinic, 9940 E. 81st St., may have received unapproved versions of Botox from a company operated by Canada Drugs.
"Medical practices that purchase and administer illegal and unapproved medications from foreign sources are placing patients at risk and potentially depriving them of proper treatment," noted the FDA in a Dec. 19 statement urging the medical providers to stop giving out the medications.
According to the FDA, Canada Drugs operates supply companies known by a variety of names, including QP Medical and Bridgewater Medical.
The FDA "cannot confirm that the manufacture and handling of these products follow U.S. regulations or that these medications are safe and effective for their intended uses," the agency stated. Individual medical practices were notified to stop giving out the medication from foreign suppliers.
A call seeking comment from Smith Dermatology Clinic was not returned before deadline.
The FDA did not accuse any of the medical providers of any wrongdoing, but noted how such potentially unsafe products could find their way into a local doctor's office.
"FDA urges the health care community to examine its purchasing practices to make sure that products are purchased directly from the manufacturer or from state-licensed wholesale drug distributors in the United States ... The receipt of suspicious or unsolicited offers from unknown suppliers should be questioned, and extra caution should be taken when considering them," the FDA stated.
Cain's Ballroom Sets the Pace. Downtown icon Cain's Ballroom sold 96,783 tickets in 2012, according to a chart recently released by Pollstar, becoming the 25th best selling venue in the world.
2012 shaped up to be another great year at the Cain's Ballroom," Chad Rodgers, general manager at Cain's, wrote in an email. "Thanks for everyone's continued support as we strive to bring you the best music in Oklahoma."
The Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City was number 73 on the list, with 45,009 tickets sold.
BOK Marketing Director Honored. Sarah Haertl, Director of Marketing for the BOK Center, received the 2012 Venues Today Hall of Headlines award in Marketing. Venues Today, the leading international trade publication that covers the business side of entertainment and sports, presents the prestigious awards annually in four categories: News, Bookings, Marketing and Concessions. The awards celebrate the top headline-generating individual in each category who has made a prolific impact on the entertainment industry at their companies and respective venues. Winners were featured in the December 2012 issue of the publication.
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