Saturday 21 October 2017

Dangerous Viagra-like drugs were 'illegally sold by sex shop'

Brian O’Byrne
Brian O’Byrne
Jacqueline Byrne

Tom Tuite

UNREGISTERED Viagra-like pills that carry serious health risks were on sale at a Dublin sex shop, a court has heard.

Brian O'Byrne, of Capel Street in Dublin, and his former partner, Jacqueline Byrne, who has an address at Elmcastle Drive, Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin, have been accused of breaking medicinal products regulations.

The case has been brought by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) in connection with products on sale at an adult shop called Shauna's, which the defendants allegedly operated on Dublin's Capel Street in 2010.

Two authorised officers from the IMB carried out inspections at the sex shop where videos, magazines and adult toys were stocked, Dublin District Court heard.

The IMB inspectors seized several samples of three products, which were imported from the UK: Kamagra tablets, an unregistered Viagra-like drug; coconut, peach and passion fruit-flavoured Kamagra oral jelly; and tubes of a product called Retardin. Tests showed that they contained active ingredients that should only be sold by a registered pharmacist and under the direction of a doctor or a medical practitioner.

It is alleged that on dates from March 23, 2010, until December 8 that year, Mr O'Byrne and Ms Byrne kept and helped sell these products at the shop.

Mr O'Byrne and Ms Byrne have pleaded not guilty. Combined, they face 25 charges under the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) regulations.

Judge John O'Neill adjourned the case to consider defence arguments.

The trial will resume later this month.

Irish Independent

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