The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) noted a ruling made at Dublin District Court on Monday 23rd October 2017 against Agris Bremsmits. The charges against Mr Bremsmits included nine counts of supplying medicines without a prescription or marketing authorisation and for advertising and supplying anabolic steroid containing medicines through a Facebook page and by mail order. A total of 3,351 tablets and 287 injection vials were detained which were valued at €10,000 (approx.). Mr Bremsmits pleaded guilty to all nine counts and was fined a total of €5,000.
According to John Lynch, Director of Compliance, HPRA, “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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The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) protects and enhances public health and animal health by regulating medicines, medical devices and other health products. The products under its remit include human and veterinary medicines, medical devices, blood and blood components, tissues and cells, organs for transplantation and cosmetics.