Monday 23 October 2017

Dublin sex shop operators face trial over selling 'Viagra-like' drug without authorisation

Tom Tuite

THE operators of a Dublin sex shop will face trial in May accused of selling a Viagra-like anti-impotence drug without authorisation.

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

The case brought against them by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) relates to products that were allegedly on sale at an adult shop called Shauna's, on Dublin's Capel Street, in 2010.

It is alleged that on dates from March 23, 2010 until December 8 that year, they kept and helped sell Kamagra tablets containing the prescription only medicine Sildenafil, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.

They are also accused of stocking coconut, peach and passion fruit flavoured Kamagra oral jelly as well as a cream called Retardin, which helps prevent premature ejaculation, and contains the drug Lidocaine.

A lawyer for the IMB told Judge John O'Neill today that the trial was due to take place on May 14 next, however a different date, two weeks later, was being sought to suit their witnesses.

Judge O'Neill reserved the new hearing date but also listed the case for mention later this month when it is to be confirmed whether the IMB's seven witnesses will be available.

He also heard that the trial is expected to last two days and there are to be two defence witnesses called.

The case first came before the court last September and was on its fourth listing today.

Mr O'Byrne and Ms Byrne have both pleaded not guilty; combined, they face twenty-five charges under the Medicinal Products (prescription and control of supply) regulations.

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