The Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) seized almost one million fake or illicit tablets and bottles of medicines in 2017: a huge increase of more than 40% compared to 2016. A total of 47% of the seized medicines were anabolic steroids available online and in gyms, 13% were erectile dysfunction medicines. One fifth of the seized tablets were dangerous sedatives. The HPRA carried out six prosecutions in 2017 and issued six official warnings.
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