Sunday 26 October 2014

Beautician is fined €6,000 over Botox injections

Woman illegally performed a Botox beauty treatment, court heard

Published 02/09/2014 | 07:53

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A beautician has been fined €6,000 after a court heard she illegally performed a Botox beauty treatment at her salon despite being warned she was breaking the law.

One person suffered an allergic reaction to the procedure, Judge John O'Neill was told yesterday at Dublin District Court.

Viktoriya Bulankova, of Luttrellstown Place, Carpenterstown, pleaded guilty to charges contrary to the Medicines Board Act.

Bulankova, who is from Russia, faced charges for unlawfully importing, advertising and administering the anti-wrinkle drug. She administered the treatment at her business, Visona Beauty, St Brigid's Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown.

Her prosecution came following an investigation by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), formerly known as the Irish Medicines Board.

Judge O'Neill noted yesterday that while Bulankova had some medical training, her qualifications were not recognised here.

She had carried on providing the treatment despite warnings from an HPRA officer.

Solicitor Ronan O'Neill, for the HPRA, said Botox had dangers and the offences occurred in May 2013 and May this year.

HPRA officer Brenda Kirby told Judge O'Neill that on May 14 last year she visited the Visona beauty salon and spoke to Bulankova, who admitted importing and "administering Botox on a number of clients".

Exactly a year later, Ms Kirby received another complaint that a woman had suffered an allergic reaction to a Botox injection she received from the accused.

apologetic

The following day Ms Kirby went to Bulankova's home and took a statement from her in which she admitted she had continued to import and administer Botox.

Defence counsel Steven Dixon said his client was extremely apologetic, but the judge said her acts were dangerous. He imposed fines of €1,000 on six of the charges and said each must be paid within four months or she will be jailed for 21 days.

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