The toxin that is in botox was first purified in 1928 and its neuromuscular properties were discovered in 1949. In the late 1960s Alan Scott and Edward Schantz were the first to work with botox for therapeutic purposes. In 1980, the first use on humans was administered by Dr Scott to treat an eye crossing condition. By 1986 botox supplies were limited because of its lack to obtain liability insurance. Botox was approved by the FDA in 1989 for patients older than 12 years of age.
Botox, much like Joan Rivers’ face, has evolved significantly from it’s origins in the early 1800’s. Initially the botulinum toxin was studied for it’s hazardous and deathly compounds found in meat. By the early twentieth century purified strains of the toxin was discovered to have beneficial results. Botox was officially approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat various neuromuscular deficiencies such as muscle spasms and crossed eyes. Though, it wasn’t until the late 1990’s when it became the wrinkle eraser, time chaser we know and love today.
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