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Written Answers. - Medicinal Products.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 325. Mr. Dennehy Information on John Dennehy Zoom on John Dennehy  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  if his attention has been drawn to the sale by shops and mail order of a pill called camagra which is marketed as a Viagra substitute and contains a pirate version of silderafil; and if the Irish Medicine Board will take immediate action to stop this. [24768/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin I have been informed by the Irish Medicines Board, which is the competent national authority for the regulation of medicinal products, that the sale of the product concerned from one shop in Dublin, and by mail order, is currently under investigation. I understand that the sale of the product has been stopped in both cases and that the publication of advertisements in a national newspaper has also ceased.

I am advised that the product concerned does not have a product authorisation in Ireland, and therefore, may not be legally supplied to the public from a non-pharmacy retail outlet and without a prescription furnished by a registered medical practitioner. The IMB is continuing its investigation into this matter.

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