Saturday 17 February 2018

Law to curb sale of fake pills online

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

CONSUMERS who buy non-prescription medicine over the internet will soon be able to find out if they are safe or fake.

The Department of Health confirmed that it was in the final stages of drafting a law that will see websites selling non-prescription medicines displaying a common European logo to indicate that they come from a safe supplier.

The statutory instrument, which is at an advanced stage, follows an EU directive that aims to make the supply of medicines safer for the public.

The sale of prescription medicines over the internet will remain illegal here and people are liable to prosecution if they order them online.

A spokeswoman for the department said a public consultation on the draft statutory instrument would start in the near future.

It follows growing concern about potentially dangerous ingredients in 'rogue' medicines.

Irish Independent

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