Beautician illegally performed Botox treatment despite warning

A beautician who illegally performed the Botox beauty treatment at her salon despite being warned she was breaking the law has been fined €6,000.

One person also suffered an allergic reaction to the procedure, Judge John O’Neill was told yesterday.

Viktoriya Bulankova, of Luttrellstown Place, Carpenterstown, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to charges contrary to the Medicines Board Act.

The businesswoman faced 19 charges for unlawfully importing, advertising, and administering the anti-wrinkle drug, which is usually injected into facial muscles and is subject to prescription control.

She administered the treatment at her business, Visona Beauty, St Brigid’s Shopping Centre, in Blanchardstown, in Dublin.

Her prosecution came following an investigation by the Health Products Regulatory Authority, formerly the Irish Medicines Board.

Judge O’Neill at Dublin District Court noted yesterday that, while the woman had some medical training in Russia, her qualifications were not recognised here.

Solicitor Ronan O’Neill, for the HPRA, said the offences occurred in May 2013 and May this year.

HPRA enforcement officer Brenda Kirby told Judge O’Neill that, on May 14 last year, she visited the Visona beauty salon and spoke to Bulankova in relation to her advertising the prescription-only medicine, Botox.

Bulankova admitted she had imported and “administered Botox on a number of clients over a period of time”.

Exactly a year later, Ms Kirby received another complaint that a woman had suffered an allergic reaction from a Botox injection she received from the accused. The next day, Ms Kirby went to Bulankova’s home and took a statement from her in which she admitted she had continued to import and administer Botox to a number of her clients despite her earlier warning.

Steven Dixon, defending, asked the judge to note his client had co-operated with the investigation and paid their legal costs of €1,500.

However, the judge said he had to record convictions. He imposed fines of €1,000 on six of the charges. The remaining 13 connected charges to which she also pleaded guilty were taken into consideration.

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