Belfast Pharmacist sentenced for illegally supplying prescription medicines

Laganside Crown Court, on Friday, sentenced Gerard Cullinan, a 48-year-old pharmacist and Director of Castlereagh Pharmacy Ltd in East Belfast, for
unlawfully supplying controlled prescription medicines, including co-codamol and fentanyl, and for failing to maintain controlled drugs registers.

Cullinan was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment, suspended for three years, and his pharmacy was fined £8,000.

The sentencing follows an investigation by the Department of Health’s Medicines Regulatory Group (MRG), which uncovered that Cullinan’s pharmacy on Castlereagh
Road had illegally supplied over 300,000 co-codamol tablets between January 2017 and June 2020.

Additionally, the MRG investigation identified significant breaches in record-keeping for Class A controlled drugs such as fentanyl, tapentadol, methylphenidate,
morphine, and oxycodone.

“It is a serious criminal offence to sell or supply prescription only medicines without a prescription,” said Peter Moore, Senior Medicines Enforcement Officer at
the MRG, who led the investigation.