HPRA v David Andrews Senior and David Andrews Junior, and Laura Jane Adult Accessories, Galway

News Category: Regulatory news

Date: 27/09/2016

The HPRA notes today's ruling by Judge Marie Keane at Galway District Court against David Andrews Senior and David Andrews Junior of Laura Jane Adult Boutique, Galway. The charges against both parties included supplying a medicine without prescription, supplying a medicine without marketing authorisation and supplying a falsified medicine. The medicine in question contained prescription only medicinal substances, Sildenafil and Tadalafil. The defendants claimed that the product, named Golden Root Complex, was a food supplement, but they did not disclose the presence of the two prescription only substances. A total of 172 capsules were detained, with a value of €1,720.

The defendants were fined a total of €3,000. They were ordered to pay €2,000 in costs towards the analysis and destruction of the products. The court ordered the defendants to pay costs to the HPRA of €1,000 towards expenses. 

According to John Lynch, HPRA Director of Compliance, “We continue to warn the public not to buy 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 your health. Additionally, you should only take prescription medicines under your doctor’s supervision.”

The HPRA, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and the Revenue’s Customs Service, continually monitors and investigates instances of illegal supply of medicines and actively enforces against suspected breaches of the law.  


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