IMB Statement on Body Building Products

Notice type: Advisory

Date: 19/10/2007


Product name or type:
Body Building Products

Problem Or Issue:
The IMB can confirm that it is carrying out a number of investigations in relation to the illegal sale of products that are suspected to breach the medicinal products legislation.  Products either containing a medicinal substance or making a medicinal claim are considered to be medicinal products that fall within the remit of the IMB and therefore must be authorised prior to being placed in the Irish market.  The IMB actively enforces against known breaches of the medicines legislation in this regard and can confirm that its enforcement unit has been successful in a number of prosecutions in this area and is actively investigating some 500 potential breaches of medicinal products legislation.     

In addition, the Classification Committee of the IMB has reviewed and continues to review many borderline products that can be considered to fall into the category of ‘body-building products’ to determine whether they are medicinal products and takes appropriate action where necessary.    

The IMB would reiterate its warning to consumers against purchasing medicinal products on-line as there is no guarantee that these products are of appropriate quality, are effective or that they contain what they purport to contain.  The Irish Medicines Board cannot guarantee the quality, safety or effectiveness of any product that is supplied by an unauthorised source and strongly advises against anyone purchasing medicines in this manner.   

The issue of internet sales is a global one and commands extensive resources from regulatory agencies worldwide. The IMB would like to reassure consumers that it will continue to monitor the marketplace for such illegal activity, in close collaboration with Gardaí and Customs, and will continue to take the appropriate legal action to prevent illegitimate supply of medicinal products in Ireland.  The IMB was involved in the closure of 12 internet sites last year selling prescription-only medicines and it is continually monitoring new Irish registered sites as they come online.      

Background Information Or Related Documents:
IMB Statement on Body Building Products Document

Further Information:
Weber Shandwick                              
Siobhan Molloy /Eoin Quinn               
Telephone: 01-6760168 
Mobile: 086-8175066

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