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(...)

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(...)