HPRA v Patrick Merlehan: Defendant found guilty of placing Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) on market

News Category: Regulatory news

Date: 28/10/2016

The HPRA notes the ruling by Judge Alan Mitchell at Naas District Court on 27 October 2016 against Patrick Merlehan. The Judge found the defendant guilty on two charges related to the manufacture and supply of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), an unauthorised medicinal product on the Irish market. The Judge fined the defendant a total of €4,000. 

MMS is a product which contains a substance which is used in bleach and has no recognised therapeutic benefits.

The court ruling follows a lengthy investigation by the HPRA, supported by An Garda Síochána and the Garda regional support unit. The unlicensed product was detained during the execution of a search warrant on 6 November 2014 at the domestic dwelling of Patrick Merlehan. The premises included the Ark Recycling business, which was controlled by Patrick Merlehan at the time of the investigation.

John Lynch, Director of Compliance, HPRA, said “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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