Lloyds has denied any wrongdoing in its claiming of phased fees in respect of a single prescription dispensed in one visit and has insisted its approach is no different from other pharmacy chains. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The controversial practice of some pharmacies claiming multiple payments in respect of single prescriptions was under investigation before it was leak(...)

PAC chairman John McGuinness: HSE  willl  be asked to explain “squandering” of public money in paying dispensing fees. Photograph:  David Sleator

The HSE is to be called before a Dáil watchdog to explain how pharmacies are able to claim multiple payments worth millions of euro for single prescri(...)

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(...)