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Belfast woman (50) who sold Botox avoids prison

By Staff Reporter

A woman was convicted at Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday for possessing illegal prescription medicines intended for supply to members of the public from her home in east Belfast.

Barbara Byne (50), from Orby Road in the city, received a conditional discharge for a period of two years after pleading guilty to four charges.

The charges concerned her unlawful possession with intent to supply lidocaine HCL hydrate epinephrine injections, an unauthorised local anaesthetic prescription-only medicine, and for advertising online prescription-only medicine botulinum toxin (Botox).

An investigation conducted by the Department of Health's Medicines Regulatory Group led to a search under warrant of her Orby Road address in February 2017.

During the search, unauthorised medicinal products of Asian origin were recovered.

The investigation also uncovered online advertisements placed by Ms Byne on social media platforms offering the prescription-only medicine Botox to the public.

Peter Moore, senior medicines enforcement officer in the Department of Health said: "Prescription-only medicines such as Botox commonly used in cosmetic procedures should only be prescribed by an appropriately trained healthcare professional."

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