Lynne Fitzmaurice at the Four Courts where she pleaded guilty to  unlawfully importing steroids. Photograph: Collins Courts

A mother-of-two acted as a “foot soldier” for her body-building mentor when she illegally imported €27,000 worth of anabolic steroids, a court has hea(...)

Signs posted in Dublin Airport in 2009 warning about swine flu. Photograph: Frank Miller

An action by a woman who claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine is among 70 cases initiated here over the vaccine. Aoif(...)

The HSE set up a programme in 2011 allowing intravenous drug users to exchange their needles for clean ones in designated pharmacies around the country

Users of a fake tanning product that is injected into the skin are availing of a HSE needle exchange programme set up to prevent the spread of diseas(...)

A client is prepared for botox treatment. Anne Rossi, who runs the Anne Rossi Clinic, at Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, is being prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) on 18 counts under the Irish Medicines Board Act. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

A Dublin beautician is facing trial accused of illegally providing a botox-like treatment at her salon. Anne Rossi, who runs the Anne Rossi Clinic, a(...)

Many herbs have medicinal properties and it is important that the taking of such herbs be overseen by a trained physician, say  the Health Products Regulation Authority

Money has sullied conventional medicine, whereas herbal medicine is pure and untainted by the horror of currency, goes one conventional argument. And (...)

Across the world, around 25 per cent of all pharmaceutical medicines are derived from plants

Unlike other alternative medicines such as homeopathy, acupuncture or reiki, herbal medicine and conventional medicine share the same origins. Pharm(...)

The Government has been adamant it will introduce plain tobacco and cigarette packaging despite threats from the tobacco industry of legal action and the loss of 87 jobs in Mullingar following the decision to close the Imperial Tobacco manufacturing plant. File photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Plain packaging on cigarette and tobacco products will come into effect in Ireland in May next year, Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed in(...)

Cannabis has been shown to reduce pressure in the eyeball that leads to glaucoma. Photograph: James MacDonald/Getty

Preparations of the leaves and resin of the cannabis plant have been in use for more than 2,000 years. First introduced into western medicine in the(...)

Lorraine Nolan: Health Products Regulatory Authority chief executive: Nolan comes from a scientific family – ‘my sister is a nurse, one brother is a biologist, another is a biochemist and another is an electronic engineer. I blame my parents who bought us all chemistry sets as children.’

You might expect the national authority for regulating medicines and medical devices to occupy an imposing historic or modern building in the capital.(...)

The High Court has previously heard doctors for Patrick McCarthy believe removing an  implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted in his heart  would pose a greater risk to him than leaving it in place. File photograph: Getty Images

A man who alleges he has been left with a defective defibrillator in his heart has opposed any conditions being attached to discovery of documents for(...)

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