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Health Products Regulatory Authority. (2020) Health Products Regulatory Authority annual report 2019. Dublin: Health Products Regulatory Authority.

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The role of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is to protect and enhance public and animal health by regulating medicines, medical devices and other health products.


Under our enforcement programme: pg. 22


 – The HPRA detained 1,018,678 dosage units (including tablets, capsules and vials) of falsified and other illegal medicines in 2019, compared to 619,213 units in 2018. The products detained included sedatives (34%), erectile dysfunction medicines (28%) and anabolic steroids (12%). There were 6,167 enforcement cases initiated, compared to 4,532 in the previous year;

 – Several HPRA operations took place in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and Revenue’s Customs Service. These operations resulted in several large detentions, including the detention of over 60,000 capsules, tablets and vials labelled as anabolic steroids and destined for sale in the EU, and, in another investigation, 40,000 units of falsified diazepam tablets;

 – We initiated eight prosecution cases and issued nine voluntary formal cautions. Prosecutions are taken where the HPRA considers that there is a significant risk to public health or where there are persistent non-compliances. The prosecutions related to the unauthorised supply of prescription medicines, including falsified anabolic steroids, erectile dysfunction products and melanotan 2 (tanning injection) containing medicines. We also supported prosecutions brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the illegal supply of medicines;

 – The Interpol-coordinated Operation Pangea XII was a year-long operation designed to enhance worldwide cooperation between health products regulators and other government agencies. The continued joint agency cooperation between the HPRA, Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síóchána was reflected in the HPRA detention figures for 2019. In addition, the monitoring of websites, online marketplace advertisements and social media sites throughout the year resulted in the shutdown of 40 sites.


Controlled Drugs and Precursor Chemicals pg. 37

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Opioid, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment
October 2020
87 p.
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Corporate Creators
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Place of Publication

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