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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Man sold Viagra by mail order, court told

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court accused of supplying Viagra from his home by mail order.

Marc Kelly, of St John's Avenue, Clondalkin, is accused of breaking medicinal products regulations.

He is facing prosecution after a probe by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB), which had him summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday.

It is alleged that on July 21, 2011, at his home address, he imported valium into the State without authorisation and unlawfully kept for supply a medicinal product named Cialis, which contains the prescription-only active ingredient sildenafil citrate.

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The IMB also alleges that he had imported and had for supply Viagra, which also contains cildenafil citrate.

Sildenafil is confined to prescription control and requires the advice of a doctor.

It can cause serious side-effects for people suffering from heart problems and can also result in headaches, stomach-aches and visual problems.

He also faces a charge for issuing an advertisement for a medicine named Xenical, another prescription-only drug used in weight loss treatment.

He is further accused that not being a person not entitled to do so did "supply by mail order Viagra.

His barrister, Rory Staines, told Judge John Coughlan yesterday that some items of disclosure from the IMB had yet to be received and he asked for the case to be put back.

Judge Coughlan agreed to grant the adjournment.

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