Azithromycin has produced positive outcomes in some cases of Covid-19, particularly where there has been pneumonia and respiratory failure. In other cases results have been inconclusive. Photograph: Getty Images

A drug being used to successfully manage Covid-19 patients in hospitals is being withheld from patients in the community, including in nursing homes. (...)

 A  woman purchasing over-the-counter medication from a pharmacist

Pharmacists are the country’s most accessible, frontline, health professionals – available for free advice, often at a moment’s notice. And almost hal(...)

A spokeswoman for the Minister of Health said talks on a new contract with pharmacists would open next year in the same way as negotiations took place with GPs earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Rural pharmacies may have to close as a result of cuts to their fees proposed by the Department of Health, the profession has claimed,. The Irish Pha(...)

Selfies and the sharing of smartphone screens are being blamed for an increase in nits and head lice among schoolchildren. Head lice require head-to-(...)

Figures released by the HSE  show that the largest amounts paid to GPs last year under the scheme went to family doctor out-of-hours services. Photograph: Getty Images

The out-of-hours family doctor service in Carlow and Kilkenny, known as Caredoc, received more than €4.3 million in gross payments under the medical c(...)

Removing head lice can be a difficult task which requires follow-up treatments. Photograph: iStock

My heart used to sink when my school WhatsApp group buzzed with head lice warnings. It was annoying repeating the trauma of treatments and constantly (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was shocked to discover his metabolic age: “Surprised to hear that, kinda wondering about the science.” Photograph: RTÉ

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was surprised to discover he had a metabolic age of 53 on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation programme. Having just turned 40, Mr (...)

Pharmacy students rally outside the Dáil to express their anger at unpaid placements and increased fees. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Third-level pharmacy students welcomed the removal of a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degrees. (...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union has urged people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated for the flu.

There has been a “significant increase” in the number of people attending emergency departments with flu this season when compared with last year, whi(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union said the contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit was ‘long overdue’ but the pharmacies needed ‘clear guidance and practical solutions’ to benefit patients. Photograph: EPA

The Government must produce more information on how businesses would manage a no-deal Brexit “on the ground” and to provide “more meaningful” support (...)

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