Lorraine Nolan

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Demand for prescriptions for inhalers and blood pressure drugs had increased, while patients on biologic medicines were concerned over supplies in pharmacies, the committee heard.

Irish patients have begun stockpiling drugs over fears of a disruptive Brexit, an Oireachtas committee has heard. This is despite official assurances(...)

Some of the illegal medicines seized during Operation Pangea, on display in the HPRA’s offices on Tuesday morning.

Illegal medicines worth €375,000 have been seized during an annual Garda and Customs operation this year. Almost 90,000 units of illegal prescription(...)

  Health Products Regulatory Authority  chief executive Dr Lorraine Nolan said young men are under pressure to gain muscle and bulk up. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The use of anabolic steroids without a prescription can have “devastating, long term and life threatening side effects”, the public has been warned. (...)

In Ireland, almost one million counterfeit or sub-standard medicines were seized in 2017. Of these, 47 per cent were anabolic steroids, 23 per cent were sedatives and 13 per cent were medicines for erectile dysfunction. Photograph: iStock

Most of us would never consider the possibility that the medicines we take might be fake or substandard, yet about 10 per cent of medicines worldwide (...)

File photograph: PA Wire

The following is an edited version of the statement released by the HPRA on Thursday: The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) today states it(...)

A number of drugs used to treat blood pressure and heart conditions are being recalled as a precautionary measure after an impurity believed to cause cancer was found in them.

A number of drugs used to treat blood pressure and heart conditions are being recalled as a precautionary measure after an impurity believed to cause (...)

Consumers have been warned against buying products that wrongly claim to be able to test for food intolerances and retail pharmacies have been told to(...)

 Detective Superintendent Ashley O’Sullivan; Dr Lorraine Nolan, chief executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA); Heath Minister Simon Harris and Esther Keating from the Revenue’s Customs Service pose with illegal medicines seized. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Seizures of illegal prescription drugs during an annual Garda and Customs operation jumped three-fold this year compared to 2016, according to the Sta(...)

 Vera Twomey with People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny at Leinster House, Dublin after they walked from Cork to Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A programme to allow patients with specific conditions access to medicinal cannabis could be in place by autumn, the Oireachtas health committee has b(...)

Dr Colin Doherty  said there was growing evidence for the effectiveness of CBD (a cannabidiol oil derived from  cannabis, pictured above) and initial studies were encouraging, but not definitive. File photograph: Getty Images

Treating epilepsy using medicinal cannabis offers a “tantalising new horizon” for severe disabling seizures, but scientific studies are not yet “defin(...)

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