Daragh Quinn, of Quinn’s Chemist, appeared in court yesterday on a number of charges linked with the oversupply of antibiotics to a farm, as reported by the Irishtimes.
The main charge was the oversupply of medications to Lisbeg farm in Eyrecourt Co. Galway.
Inspections carried out by a Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector in 2015 found a high quantity of antibiotics on Lisbeg farm in Eyrecourt, Co. Galway. Further inspection found that they had been purchased from the pharmacy in Crossmolina.
It was alleged that Mr. Quinn had over supplied Mr. Richard Bourns and his farm unlawfully, by selling high quantities to him. The pharmacist pleaded guilty to a number of charges of breaching European Communities Animal Remedies regulations, he was charged with 34 separate counts in total.
Mr. Quinn’s counsel argued that there was confusion over whether Mr. Quinn was in fact breach of said regulations of supplying antibiotics to the farm without valid prescriptions. The judge acknowledged the lack of clarity regarding animal remedy regulations and found Mr. Quinn guilty of only one charge which was brought against him.
Mr. Quinn was found guilty of breaching regulations with regards labels placed on medications found at the farm. The judge then handed down a fine to Mr. Quinn, totalling €750.