On August 3, 2015, a federal grand jury in Maryland returned a nine-count indictment against a 44-year-old man, who was not a physician and was not otherwise licensed as a medical professional in Maryland, for allegedly obtaining and selling food grade liquid silicone from a company in Pennsylvania and then representing to at least seven women in Prince George’s County, Maryland that the silicone was medical grade and injected the silicone into their buttocks, for enhancement purposes. One woman allegedly died as a result of the silicone injection.
According to the federal indictment, from approximately September 30, 2008 through December 2, 2014, the man placed approximately 180 orders for gallon jugs of liquid silicone with a Pennsylvania company that produced food grade liquid silicone. He allegedly injected seven women in Prince George’s County with food grade liquid silicone in exchange for pay, between September 2013 and September 2014. The indictment charges the man with falsely representing to customers and victims to whom he administered liquid silicone injections that the procedure was safe, and he falsely told customers that he used medical grade silicone, when in fact the silicone was not medical grade silicone. The indictment further alleges that the silicone was adulterated and misbranded because the man stored the liquid silicone in plastic bottles that were not labeled or approved by the FDA for that purpose.
According to the indictment, the only injectable silicone products approved or cleared for marketing by the FDA were ophthalmic devices for the treatment of eye injuries, such as detached retinas, which products are regulated by the FDA as prescription medical devices. Food grade liquid silicone is produced and intended to be used as a lubricant and release agent in food processing, food treatment, and food transportation and shipment, among other things. When injected into the buttocks to make them larger or fuller, liquid silicone is considered a medical device that is subject to FDA regulation.
The man faces a maximum three-year prison sentence for each of the nine counts of receipt of a misbranded and adulterated device for delivery for pay with intent to defraud or mislead.
The man is being held on state criminal charges in Maryland, including a charge of second degree murder involving the March 2014 death of a woman whom he had injected with silicone in a hotel in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
In our January 7, 2012 blog posting, we reported on a Nevada wrongful death medical malpractice claim alleging that a woman died while undergoing butt enhancement surgery in the back room of a beauty salon in Nevada. The husband and wife team who attempted the deadly cosmetic surgery were incarcerated as a result. You can read the January 7, 2012 blog posting by clicking here.
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