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Sunday 25 September 2016

Prescription medicine for sale at 'two for €5'

Robert Burke and Liam Pacelli sold prescription drugs Picture: Collins
Robert Burke and Liam Pacelli sold prescription drugs Picture: Collins

Two market traders have been spared jail sentences after getting caught selling more than 100 different types of prescription drugs from their stall.

The medication packs, priced at "two for €5", included blood-thinning medication, Dublin District Court was told. Liam Pacelli (36) of Whitestown Crescent, in Blanchardstown, D15, was spared a criminal record and was given the benefit of the Probation Act after donating €1,000 to charity.

Co-defendant Robert Burke (33) of Westway View, Corduff, D15 was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service. Each man must pay €2,000 in legal costs.

Judge John O'Neill noted that positive probation reports were furnished to the court and both men had pleaded guilty.

They faced four charges for selling prescription only medicines: Warfarin anticoagulant tablets; Lyrica tablets which prevent seizures, Cymbalta medication which is used to treat anxiety and Donepezil Hydrochloride a drug used in the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Their fifth charge was for unlawfully selling Paralink suppositories which contains paracetamol.

Judge O'Neill heard that a garda seized the packets of medicine from their bric-a-brac stall at the Balbriggan Market, in north Co Dublin on May 4, 2014.

They had various household goods on sale as well the medicinal products.

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