Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# hpra

All time
# Sativex
Father of brain injury victim who suffers spasms seeks access to trial of cannabis-based drug
Sativex can be trialled for MS sufferers but not those with acquired brain injury.
# pelvic organ prolapse
UK watchdog says vaginal mesh to treat prolapse should be banned
Procedures using vaginal mesh implants have been carried out on women in Ireland since the late 90s and are still performed today.
# health minister
Steroid abuse: Simon Harris wants gym owners to help combat problem
Steroid addiction is on the rise in Ireland.
# On the rise
Viagra, steroids and antibiotics among €850,000 worth of medicines seized this year
The number of medicines seized this year is treble that of 2016.
# prolapse
Irish women take legal action over 'razor blade' vaginal mesh implants
Women have reported issues such as headaches, lack of energy, discharge, bleeding and pain years after their surgery.
# Illegal Medicines
Steroids, growth hormones and erectile dysfunction pills worth €2 million seized in Donegal
Over 60,000 vials labelled as anabolic steroids were seized.
# Green Light
Health authority recommends medicinal cannabis to be made available for "specified conditions"
It has been recommended in the treatment of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
# recommendation
'Medicinal cannabis could be made free of charge'
The Oireachtas Health Committee has made several recommendations in its report on medicinal cannabis.
# botox
Dublin beautician faces trial accused of illegally providing botox-like treatment
She is being prosecuted by the HPRA.
# Kildare
Genesis II Church 'bishop' fined €4,000 for making and marketing 'autism cure'
Genesis II says it is a health and hearing church which does good deeds and enlightens others with the truth.
# dodgy
Arsenic and lead found in high-end counterfeit make-up destined for Ireland
Fake versions of MAC, Urban Decay and Benefit products were identified.
Parents warned over harmful face paints ahead of Halloween
High levels of heavy metals have been found in some brands of children’s cosmetics.
# animal testing
225,000 animals used for scientific testing in Ireland, in a single year
Animals used in scientific procedures included rabbits, dogs, pigs and ferrets.
# stay safe
Here is how much sun cream you need to not get burnt
The Health Products Regulatory Authority have given some guidelines on staying safe in the sun.
# Toxic
Irish man dies after taking slimming pills he bought online
Two separate investigations are now underway.
# holy moly
Thousands of 'unreliable or dangerous' erectile dysfunction pills seized in past week
Medicines worth over €430,000 were confiscated during the Interpol-led operation.
# food intolerance
Test claiming to solve Irish health problems through saliva swab under scrutiny investigates claims made by Irish-registered DNA home-kit company as consumer watchdog launches probe.
# Lariam
New risk to drug used by soldiers not mentioned on watchdog website
A new possible side effect of Lariam, which is prescribed as an anti-malarial to members of the Defence Forces, was issued last year.
# Europe
Baby wipes, shower gel and makeup on harmful products list
The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has flagged around 200 items.
# Frozen
Irish public warned to beware of rogue Botox practitioners
The warning comes after a woman was fined €6,000 for performing Botox treatments on customers at her salon.
# false alarm
There is a brand of pregnancy test that may be giving false positives
Uh oh….
# Seizures
Epilepsy drug for children recalled over contamination risk
The Health Products Regulatory Authority said this is just a precautionary measure and patients do not have to return packs to their pharmacy.
# protect yourself
Is spraying sun cream on our kids doing them more harm than good?
The FDA is investigating whether this product is harmful as people may accidentally breath in dangerous chemicals.