Christopher Carstens facing federal charges for foreign Botox

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A western Illinois business owner and his company are facing federal charges accusing them of distributing more than $3 million worth of foreign Botox and Juvederm in the U.S.

A federal grand jury in Missouri's Western District on Wednesday handed down a nine-count indictment against 47-year-old Christopher Carstens of Alton, Ill., and his company, Orthopaedic Solutions Inc.

Prosecutors say Carstens and his company distributed nearly 5,900 units of a foreign version of the prescription drugs through sales representatives to doctors and other health care professionals from 2008 through 2011.

U.S. attorney's spokesman Don Ledford says the charges were filed in the Western District because some of the drugs were distributed there.

Carstens was not in custody Wednesday and his Edwardsville, Ill., attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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