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Dublin mum-of-two was selling and importing slimming tablets illegally

Lydia McCarthy
Lydia McCarthy

A HEARING date has been set for a Dublin woman who admitted unlawfully supplying potentially dangerous slimming tablets.

Mother-of-two Lydia McCarthy, with an address at Alexandra Place, East Road, East Wall, has admitted using mail order and advertising the medication on popular websites. 

At Dublin District Court yesterday Judge John O'Neill ordered that evidence would be heard on October 22.

She is facing 16 counts of breaking medicinal products regulations.

The court has also heard she has begun contributing towards prosecution costs which came to €3,250 but she is of limited means.

She admitted she imported, supplied and advertised prescription controlled products containing Sibutramine, a substance which has been withdrawn from markets across the world.

She admitted importing “Reduce 15mg” on dates in September 2012 and April 2013, without being granted a manufacturer's authorisation by the IMB. She kept the product for supply and supplied the medicine over four dates in September and August 2012

Three other counts to which she pleaded guilty state she unlawfully supplied Reduce 15mg by “mail order” between August 6, 2012 and September 6, 2012.

She has also admitted that she unlawfully procured the sale of the medicine and placed it on the market without authorisation.

She also pleaded guilty to the unlawfully advertising slimming medicines on websites between August 1 and September 28, 2012. These included the medicines: Reduce 15mg, Reductil and Reductal, which all contained Sibutramine.

She also admitted that in one of the online ads she did not clearly identify Reduce 15mg as a medicinal product.

Penalties for the offences include fines or a possible jail sentence.