Generic medicines: contain the same active ingredient as the product they are based on. Photograph: Thinkstock

Atorvastatin, Lansoprazole, Olanzapine. Do you know what these names mean? If you do, it’s likely that your medicine, which you once called by its bra(...)

The HSE are urging the public to get vaccinated as flu cases continue to rise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Three more people have died from flu related illnesses and the number of cases is continuing to rise rapidly. Some hospitals have banned visit(...)

Dr Ray Walley, chairman of the GP committee of the IMO, warned family doctor services were at breaking point. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government will tomorrow hold its first talks with doctors’ representatives on its plans to provide free GP care for children under six from later(...)

Other countries, when faced with a similar shortage of doctors at primary care level, extended the role of the pharmacist to improve access to healthcare services. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish pharmacists are calling for a broader role as frontline service providers which would include the prescribing of medicines, the management of ch(...)

Under its scheme, the Dundrum pharmacy will charge €4.95 for a 28-day supply of Atorvastatin, a generic cholesterol medication, which generally costs more than €10 in pharmacies in the Republic.

A Dublin pharmacy is to sell generic prescription drugs at Northern Ireland prices by introducing a radical business model likely to be closely watche(...)

Pharmacists have said that three out of four community pharmacies have been hit by crime in the last year and have called for increased Garda prese(...)

Irish doctors prescribe antibiotics for colds and flus unnecessarily, for fear of offending their patients, a new study has found. Dr Laura Noonan sa(...)

Doctors have warned against the over-use of antibiotics. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A casual attitude to antibiotics is damaging their effectiveness and we seeing an alarming global rise in so-called ‘superbugs’, doctors in Ireland ha(...)

Representative bodies and individual healthcare professionals warned of consequences for services if proposed 7.5 per cent fee cuts were implemented by Department of Health. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior Department of Health officials had little sympathy with lobbying by healthcare professionals, including GPs and pharmacists, to hold off on fur(...)