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Carryduff woman sentenced for unlawful advertising and possession of unlicensed prescription medicines 

A 43-year-old Carryduff woman was today sentenced at Laganside Magistrates Court for unlawfully posting online advertisements for the provision of prescription medicines and for possession of unlicensed prescription medicines with intent to supply.

Ruth Ellen Logan, of Lisnasallagh Road, Carryduff received a fine of £1100 after pleading guilty to eight charges in breach of the Human Medicines Regulations, 2012.

The charges resulted from a Department of Health Medicines Regulatory Group (MRG) investigation which established that between June and September 2022, Logan had published online advertisements on her ‘Skin Coach UK’ social media pages, which promoted or were likely to lead to the use of the prescription only medicines Vitamin B12 injections and Glutathione.

The court also heard that on 9 September 2022, MRG enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home at Lisnasallagh Road, Carryduff, where they seized 15 boxes of unlicensed medicinal products, namely ‘J-Pro Numbing Cream’, containing lidocaine and prilocaine.

Peter Moore, the Medicines Regulatory Group Senior Medicines Enforcement Officer who directed the investigation, said: “Today’s conviction sends a clear message that there are consequences if a person attempts to bypass the regulated system which is in place to ensure public safety and the integrity of the medicines supply chain.

“Social media platforms can offer a powerful advertising tool, but those who use them to advertise prescription medicines must comply with the legal requirements which are in place to safeguard the public from harm. I would encourage cosmetic clinics and other similar outlets to review their website and social media material to ensure that they remain in compliance with the law and to avoid any enforcement action.”

Canice Ward, Head of the Medicines Regulatory Group, added: “The Department is committed to taking all possible steps to combat the illegal promotion, supply or misuse of medicines and it is important that those who choose to buy medication online should take steps to make sure they are purchasing from safe and legitimate sources. People should only use prescription-only medicines after seeking appropriate advice from a healthcare professional.”

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