“The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) expressed “serious concern” at the short notice for the introduction of the new arrangements, which it said would result in a financial hit for pharmacists with existing stocks. Photograph: PA Wire

The process of getting cheaper pharmaceutical drugs to the market will be stalled as a result of the new deal between the Government and the industry(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned pharmacists against claiming payments for medicines that have not been dispensed to patients. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned pharmacists against claiming payments for medicines that have not been dispensed to patients. A number (...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union says GP prescribing could lead to an increase in prescribing errors and leave patients open to being ripped-off by doctors seeking to maximise their profit.

Pharmacists have expressed concern over plans by a GP organisation for doctors to dispense medicines directly to patients. However, the Department of(...)

Prof Alf Nicholson and Gráinne O’Malley at Temple Street hospital: they have produced an updated  edition of their book ‘When your Child is Sick’  to help parents deal with childhood illness. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Children in Ireland today are one of the healthiest generations ever, yet large numbers of them are being brought to a GP or hospital more frequently (...)

A HSE report has claimed that Abbey Healthcare Ltd, a pharmacy business in south Dublin, received a total of €835,910 in fees and mark-up payments in 2014. Photograph: PA Wire

One pharmacy in Dublin received more than €800,000 in fees for dispensing drugs and medicines under various State schemes last year, according to a HS(...)

Report suggested a campaign be launched by the HSE to promote greater use of generic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Pharmacists should be offered financial incentives to supply certain generic drugs as part of a drive to reduce drugs costs in Ireland, an Oireachtas (...)

Daragh Connolly: “We’re very concerned about a very small cohort of people who have no fear of the gardaí or the criminal justice system”

Daragh Connolly has a strong sense of empathy with and sympathy for the pharmacist who is recovering from being stabbed in a pharmacy in Drogheda, Co (...)

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(...)

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