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Dublin beautician accused of illegally providing botox-like treatment at salon

Anne Rossi
Anne Rossi

A Dublin beautician accused of illegally providing a botox-like treatment at her salon has been given more time to decide how he will plead.

Anne Rossi, who runs the Anne Rossi Clinic, at Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, is being prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) on 18 counts under the Irish Medicines Board Act.

The HPRA made an application to Dublin District Court for a summons to be issued in November last year and the case had its first listing last month, when disclosure was ordered; the proceedings resumed today.

Defence counsel Breffni Gordon told Judge John Brennan that it had been anticipated that Ms Rossi, of Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin, would be able to indicate how she would plead.

However, he added that more time was needed because there had been "substantial disclosure" from the prosecution, which was furnished during the past week.

Judge Brennan noted from solicitor Ronan O'Neill that the the HPRA was not objecting to defence request for an adjournment. The case resumes in two weeks.

It is alleged that from November 20, 2014 until January 27, 2015 while not being a pharmacist, Ms Rossi supplied a medicinal product without a prescription.

The product, named Dysport, contains the prescription-only substance Botulinum Toxin A.

It is also alleged that on the same dates she unlawfully placed the product on the market without authorisation.

It is also alleged that on or about November 25, 2014 and February 10, 2015, she imported the medicinal product into the State without the HPRA's authorisation.

Dysport is a Botox-like product used in various treatments but most popular for its anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing effects.

A district court conviction for the charges can result in a fine and/or a jail sentence of up to one year.