Health product seized from Art Nails in Vancouver

Starting date:
March 3, 2015
Type of communication:
Source of recall:
Health Canada
General Public
Identification number:


Health Canada seized a health product being injected at Art Nails Ltd., located at 751 Helmcken St., Vancouver, B.C., which appeared to be unauthorized as it contained no labelling. All products administered by injection in Canada must be authorized by Health Canada and must have approved labelling.

The store owner claimed the product was Botox that had been administered to consumers. Potential risks associated with injecting an unauthorized version of a health product such as Botox, can range from mild local paralysis to death.

Products affected

  • Product is unlabelled, see photos below

What you should do

  • Speak to your healthcare practitioner if you were administered any injections from this Art Nails location and have health concerns related to the injection.
  • Consult with your healthcare practitioner if you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of Botox.
  • Report any adverse events to Health Canada.

Who is affected

Consumers who have had this product administered to them at Art Nails Ltd., 751 Helmcken St., Vancouver.


As the product being injected was not properly labelled and could potentially pose a risk to health, it was subject to compliance and enforcement actions by Health Canada.

Authorized Botox products should only be used under specialist supervision and only if the benefits of treatment are considered to outweigh the risks.

Report health or safety concerns

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.

Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada seized the product to mitigate potential risks to consumers. Art Nails Ltd. is cooperating with Health Canada and has agreed to no longer import the product.

Health Canada is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation of this product.


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