We report a lot about off-label drug use—it’s a sticky area (no pun intended) as doctors can prescribe drugs off-label in their treatment of a patient, but a pharmaceutical sales rep can’t market a drug for off-label use (following me?).
Ahh, but then there’s Krazy Glue.
There’s an interesting news story making the rounds in New York today—unfortunately, it’s not unheard of and in fact it’s a commonly heard story, but it seems there’s yet some other wannabe cosmetic surgeon out there practicing silicone injections in her apartment. Note, she’s not a doctor. She’s Whalesca Castillo, and she’s in deep doo-doo.
According to the NY Post, Castillo, 36 and living in the Bronx, was operating a clinic (I use the term loosely here) from her home. The clinic specialty? Boob jobs and booty lifts. Part of the official charges from the criminal complaint read like this:
“5. In or about August 2010, I learned from a confidential informant (the “CI”) that WHALESCA CASTILLO, the defendant, was performing illegal medical procedures from her residence on Inwood Avenue in the Bronx, New York (the “Residence”). The CI stated, in substance and in part, that CASTILLO was administering silicone injections to women for purposes of breast and buttock enhancement, charging hundreds of dollars per injection, and obtaining the silicone from the Dominican Republic. The CI further stated that at least one of CASTILLO’s clients developed an infection after receiving one or more injections from CASTILLO.”
Note that the complaint also references one “patient” who paid $1,000 for Castillo’s services. At that rate, why not get someone who’s actually licensed with a sheepskin or two on their wall?
It gets better though. It seems that Castillo was using Krazy Glue to assist in the “procedures”—there were Krazy Glue tubes (“dozens” of them, the NY Post shares) found in Castillo’s trash. Apparently, and I did not know this, Krazy Glue has an alternate—and clearly off-label–use with unlicensed practitioners: sealing puncture wounds. Who knew?
And you thought Krazy Glue only doubled as nail glue in a pinch…