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Dublin beautician faces trial accused of illegally providing botox-like treatment

She is being prosecuted by the HPRA.

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A DUBLIN beautician is facing trial accused of illegally providing a botox-like treatment at her salon.

Anne Rossi, who runs the Anne Rossi Clinic, at Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, is being prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) on 18 counts under the Irish Medicines Board Act.

The HPRA made an application to Dublin District Court for a summons to be issued in November last year and the case had it’s first listing on Monday.

Ms Rossi, of Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin, has not yet indicated how she will plead.

It is alleged that from 20 November, 2014 until 27 January, 2015 while not being a pharmacist she supplied a medicinal product without a prescription. The product named Dysport contains the prescription only substance Botulinum Toxin A. It is also alleged that on the same dates she unlawfully placed the product on the market without authorisation.

It is also alleged that on or about 25 November, 2014 and 10 February, 2015, she imported the medicinal product into the State without the HPRA’s authorisation. Dysport is a Botox-like product used in various treatments but most popular for its anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing signs effects.

Prosecution solicitor Ronan O’Neill told Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court on Monday that there was consent to an adjournment to allow time for disclosure of the HPRA’s evidence to the defence.

Judge Brennan adjourned the case for six weeks. Defence solicitor Jonathan Antoniotti said that suited his client, who did not address the court.

She will have to indicate how she will plead at her next hearing.

A district court conviction for the charges can result in a fine and, or a jail sentence of up to one year.

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