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Woman fined €3k for selling wrinkle filler prescription drug

Mary Concepta Burke did not have a prescription to sell Dysport which is a competitor to Botox.

A WOMAN HAS been fined €3,000 for selling a prescription drug, commonly used in cosmetic surgery to smooth wrinkles, without a prescription on two occasions in January 2010 and 2012.

Mary Concepta Burke pleaded guilty to both counts of supplying the product Dysport which contains the active substance Botulinum Toxin.


While Dysport is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of cervical dystonia, it is also known as Botox’s newest competitor for smoothing wrinkles.

She was fined €3,000 and given six months to pay or 14 days imprisonment in default of payment.

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) today noted Judge John O’ Neill’s ruling at Dublin District Court, adding that they continually monitor and investigate instances of illegal supply of medicines, in conjunction with the gardaí and the Revenue’s Customs Service, and actively enforces against suspected breaches of the law.

The case against Burke was brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions under the Irish Medicines Board Acts 1995-2006 following an investigation carried out by the IMB and supported by the gardaí and the Revenue Commissioners.

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