Retailer fined for illegally selling Polish medication
A food retail company that illegally sold Polish prescription medicines from its specialist eastern European food stores in Newry and Portadown has been fined more than £1,000.
The penalty was imposed on Karolina Int Foods Ltd at Newry Magistrates' Court after a representative admitted the offence.
The company also received a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay an offender levy.
The conviction followed inspections by Medicines Regulatory Group officers from the Department of Health, focusing on the illegal sale of prescription medicines from unauthorised premises throughout Northern Ireland.
Enforcement officers visited convenience food stores in Marcus Street, Newry, and Woodside, Portadown, in October last year, seizing substantial quantities of illegal medicines they discovered on open sale.
The medications seized were of Polish origin and included pills for the treatment of infection and for pain relief.
Senior medicines enforcement officer Peter Moore, who led the operation, said: "This conviction demonstrates that we are committed to pursuing those people who are involved in the illicit supply of prescription medicines in whatever circumstances they may be found.
"If you require treatment for a medical condition, a visit to your GP or pharmacist is the best course of action. Prescription and pharmacy medicines should always be obtained from a legitimate high street or online pharmacy."