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 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(...)

Pharmacist Tomas Conefrey of Conefrey’s Pharmacy, Pearse St, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan.

When I was a child, my mother always spoke to the local pharmacist when we were sick before she decided whether or not to bring us to the doctor. The (...)

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(...)

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 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(...)

The Irish Medicines Board, which regulates the pharmacy industry, has revealed  that 20 different types of medicine which currently need a doctor’s prescription will soon not need them at all.   Photograph: Thinkstock

Thousands of patients will be able to get medicines over the counter where previously they had to have a doctor’s prescription, it has been announced.(...)