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Wednesday 16 January 2019

THE trial of a Dublin based doctor who is accused of breaking medical guidelines by procuring and importing prescription controlled products without authorisation, has been postponed.

THE trial of a Dublin based doctor who is accused of breaking medical guidelines by procuring and importing prescription controlled products without authorisation, has been postponed.

Dr Samuel Van Eeden, with an address at Stonehaven, Ballymacdrugh, Donabate, was due to go on trial at Dublin District Court this week. However, Judge John O'Neill heard yesterday that the the defence barrister was not available and a new date would have to be set.

The prosecution consented and Judge O'Neill a granted a three-week adjournment.

Mr Van Eeden's charges fall into two categories of offences under the Irish Medicine's Board (IMB) Act.

The South African-born doctor, who specialises in cosmetic treatments, is accused of unlawfully procuring and importing medicines containing prescription only products, on June 12, 2012.

His wife Zelda Van Eeden also faces eight connected charges solely related to the alleged importation of the same products.

Earlier Judge John O'Neill had been told "a date for hearing is required", meaning the charges are to be contested.

The hearing is expected to last about two hours.

In the charges it is alleged Mr Van Eeden unlawfully procured without marketing authorisation medicines for treatment of a various disorders and which contained prescription only ingredients.

Among them are: Arixon containing Ceftrixone, Dormitol containing Midazolam, Retin-A containing Trentinoin, PPI 20 containing Omeprazole, Recur containing Finasteride, Atova 10 containing Atorvastatin, Hypnofast containing the ingredient Midazolam, and Ultracaine containing a drug called Bupivacaine Hydrochloride.

It will also be the prosecution's case that both defendant imported these drugs without being granted a manufacturer's authorisation by the IMB.

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