Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar said allowing pharmacists to vaccinate against the flu saw almost 41,000 patients vaccinated in pharmacies during the 2013/2014 “flu season” - twice the number of patients vaccinated in the previous year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is keen to see Irish pharmacists prescribing medicines, he told community pharmacists at their conference in Killarne(...)

Pharmaceutical industry representatives have rejected claims that Irish drug prices are high compared to other European countries

Pharmaceutical industry representatives have rejected claims that Irish drug prices are high compared to other European countries.Representatives of t(...)

Irish Pharmacy Union president Darragh O’Loughlin: said pharmacists expected to be treated no differently from GPs or any other group. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Pharmacists and dentists are to press the Government to begin reversing cuts to fees and allowances that were put in place under financial emergenc(...)

Allowing pharmacists to treat minor patient ailments could save the health service money, take the pressure off overworked GPs and improve the general health of the population, a healthcare seminar has been told.

Doctors and pharmacists are at odds over a proposal to allow pharmacists to treat minor ailments among medical-card holders.The Department of Health i(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union said there was evidence to show that schemes controlled by insurance companies had led to a reduction in the number and range of medicines accessible. Photograph: PA Wire

Actuaries have warned the Government that insurers could need between €1.6 billion and €2.4 billion in additional regulatory capital to operate a sys(...)

An investigation is under way on whether a severe shortage in supplies of commonly used medicines is linked to their export from Ireland for higher p(...)

Medical-card holders may shortly be able to obtain treatment for minor ailments at their local pharmacy without having to attend the GP

Almost two million medical-card holders may shortly be able to obtain treatment for minor ailments at their local chemist without having to attend th(...)

The State has among the highest drug prices in the world, many reports in recent years have found. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry has fired a warning shot against any attempt by Government to drive further cuts in the price of patented drugs.The(...)

The first IPU ad depicts Dessie Gallagher telling Stephen Ryan his sore toe is most likely a case of gangrene that will require amputation.

The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) will unveil a new television advertising campaign on Monday designed to persuade people that consulting a pharmacist(...)

 Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, secretary general of the Department of Health: was sent a letter from the Irish Pharmacy Union, expressing its concern at the department’s recent decision not to appoint a chief pharmacist.  Photograph: David Sleator

Vital reforms in healthcare are being delayed by the Department of Health’s failure to appoint a chief pharmacist, according to representatives of com(...)