There's at least one new site dispensing fake Botox, dermal fillers, tanning injections, chemical peels and even Lidocane kits.
Could this get any worse? Are there really idiots out there who would knowingly buy who-knows-what from a sleazy website and inject themselves with it? This is the same kind of fake Botox that Discount Medspa was selling before they got shut down.
Part of me is just angry that this kind of blatant fraud is even possible. The only thing that they're selling on is price so it's a safe bet that the women most being hurt by this are those least able to afford real medical care.
Pretique Medspa Fake Botox & Dermal Fillers Scam Site
Here's what Pretique says about themselves while quoting nameless 'research studies':
We are North America's #1 Supplier of Pretique® 'Botulinum Type A Cosmetic . These treatments provide very little pain with amazing results.
For over a decade Allergen has been the only company to provide these treatments, but Pretique has changed that, and that change is a very good thing Now you have a choice with Pretique and best of all its available without a prescription.
Pretique is reported to take effect a little quicker than Allergens and in some reports is stated to last a little longer.
While the list of "fillers" has grown long in the past few years, Botox has never really had any competition. A limited variety of creams have purported to be "better than Botox." But, you know what? They aren't.
What is Pretique?
For years, Pretiquehas beenused safely and effectively. In recent head-to-head tests -- it has already confirmed Pretique efficacy.
Having digested many of these research studies, we must say that we are excited
In all studies, Pretique has worked (just like Allergen's Botox)!
And have identified no significant red flags for Pretique. No allergies. No untoward infections. (Same is true for Botox. Both appear to be very safe medications.)
In some studies, Pretique has not lasted as long. (And the biggest downside to Botox is that it lasts only 3-4 months.)
Here's Pretique's pitch to get you to buy Lidocane so you can't feel what you're doing to yourself when you're squirting their 'fillers' into your lips.
Of course this is the Pretique Medspa warrantee:
YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR RISK. THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS AND SERVICES PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THIS WEB SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND.
This websitedoes not assume any responsibility for any damages arising from use of products on this website...
Thanks to Pat Monroe RN for outing these guys.
We contacted a pharmacy and asked if they knew anything about Pretiques Med Spa. This was their reply:
These are the kind of people everyone needs to stay away from and are definitely not legit despite what they might tell anyone. I checked it out and their actual info is:
Name: Pretiques Med Spa
Phone: (403) 984-8969
Address: 11081 Macleod Trail S
Calgary, AB T2J 5N8
The generics they are offering are definitely not from Canada, as they are not on the market here and likely are from China. The address I listed above may very well not even be real, but that is what I found.