Mike Medavoy, Wife File Botox LawSuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The former chairman of Tri-Star Pictures and his wife have sued Botox manufacturer Allergan Inc., alleging that she has suffered several debilitating ailments since being treated with the company’s wrinkle-reducing injections.
Mike Medavoy and his wife, Irena, claim that dermatologist Arnold Klein gave her three Botox injections last March to treat her migraine headaches. The couple alleges the migraines have continued and that she has had upper respiratory problems, fever, fatigue and severe muscle pain as a result.
The suit, filed in Superior Court on Jan. 23, alleges that Klein failed to inform Irena Medavoy of the potential risks associated with Botox and that the doctor was on retainer as a consultant to Allergan when he recommended treatment.
Medavoy, 62, claims that he also has suffered damage by losing the companionship of his bedridden wife, who is about 20 years his junior.
A hearing is set for June 24.
Allergan dismissed the allegations as ``entirely frivolous″ and vowed to ``vigorously defend″ itself in court.
``This woman’s claim of a chronic condition is entirely inconsistent with the 20-year safety history of this product,″ said Douglas Ingram, the company’s lawyer. He said there are ``a few″ side effects associated with Botox, ``but they are usually minor and invariably transient.″
Medavoy is chairman and chief executive officer of Phoenix Pictures, which has produced ``The Thin Red Line″ and ``Urban Legend,″ among other films. He co-founded Orion Pictures, was a Hollywood agent, and was named senior vice president of production at United Artists where the studio won three consecutive best-picture Oscars in the 1970s for ``One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,″ ``Rocky″ and ``Annie Hall.″
Botox, a derivative of the toxin that causes botulism, is best known as an anti-wrinkle drug, a use for which it won Food and Drug Administration approval last spring. The drug has been used for years to treat other conditions, including migraine headaches and sweaty palms.