Russian unlicensed “dermatologist” arrested for administering unauthorized Botox

Homewood, Alabama – The Homewood Police Department said that a woman who resides in Alabama has been arrested for practicing medicine without a license in the state.

The 57-year-old Russian native, Albina Cherkes, was arrested on accusations of illegal import, distribution, and administering of unauthorized Botox and claiming herself as a certified dermatologist, according to the police report.

An anonymous tip and a complaint from a woman who had a negative reaction to the injection that Cherkes administered to her were made to the FDA, which prompted an investigation.

According to the police, a thorough investigation showed that the injections being delivered were illegal Botox from an unapproved overseas supplier that was subject to an FDA import warning.

“The FDA protects the public’s health by ensuring, among other things, that ‘Botox-like’ products are safe and effective for their intended uses. We are fully committed to bringing to justice those who subvert FDA’s requirements and place unsuspecting American consumers at risk of serious harm by using unapproved and potentially unsafe products,” said agent Justin C. Fielder with the Office of Criminal Investigations Miami Field Office.

“Those who practice medicine without a license are not only breaking the law, they are a threat to people’s lives. The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect people from the unlawful and fraudulent practice of medicine in this state,” said William Perkins, executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

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