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Cork man fined €6000 for selling drugs online without prescription

Brian Buckley was fined an additional €3000 relating to the analysis and destruction costs of the drugs.

Illegal medicines and prescription drugs, seized in Belfast, Northern Ireland this month.
Illegal medicines and prescription drugs, seized in Belfast, Northern Ireland this month.
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A CORK MAN has been fined €6000 for the unauthorised supply of medicinal products.

Brian Buckley pleaded guilty at Midleton District Court in Cork to selling medicinal products without a prescription and advertising them to the general public via his website and other online outlets.

Among the products sold were ‘Slim and ‘LiDA’, slimming drugs that contain a prescription only substance called Sibutramine and two erectile dysfunction products. These were ‘Royal Viga’ and ‘Royal Prince’, which also contain prescription only substances.

“This prosecution sends out a very strong message and warning to those involved in the supply of illegal medicinal products” said John Lynch, Director of Compliance at the Irish Medical Board (IMB). “There can be no guarantees about the safety or quality of these products which were being sold without any regard to the health of those who might take them.”

The IMB has seen a gradual rise in its detention of illegal Sibutramine, it said, which has been removed from the market because of safety concerns. It says that between 2009 and 2011, there was a 600 per cent increase in the number of detentions of products with Sibutramine in them.

“The IMB continues to caution members of the public against purchasing medicines from unregulated sources. There is no way for consumers to know what substances such products actually contain and consequently they can pose a serious risk to public health.”

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