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Monday 2 October 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Pharmacists

This year
'Huge increase' in antigen tests sold as Covid-19 cases rise again
There has been a steady increase in cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks.
Health officials intend to allow pharmacies assess and treat patients with minor ailments
The proposal has been welcomed by the President of the Irish Pharmacy Union.
Last year
HSE looking into whether 'special arrangement' possible for access to severe pregnancy sickness drug
Irish Pharmacy Union has said exceptional arrangements to fund the drug in individual cases should be put in place.
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Over 700 pharmacies will be administering Pfizer vaccines from this week
Some 320 pharmacies have already been administering Pfizer vaccines.
Pharmacists to begin administering Covid-19 vaccines from today
The system will open for people over the age of 50 today.
Pharmacists to start administering Covid-19 vaccines
Stephen Donnelly said this latest development will help people who live far away from vaccine centres.
Vaccines: Pharmacists 'frustrated' with slow involvement, while NIAC Johnson & Johnson advice reported
The head of the the Irish Pharmacy Union says no clarity has been given to pharmacists as to when they can administer the vaccine.
'Bear with us': HSE deals with rollout issues as Taoiseach pledges vaccination of over-70s will begin on time
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended that people aged 70 and over should receive mRNA vaccines.
NIAC has recommended that people aged 70 and over should receive mRNA vaccines
Paul Reid says HSE has "always been clear that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will have many twists and turns"
Varadkar warns rollout among over 70s "may be slower" than originally planned
Donnelly: 'Not legally possible' to tell people to quarantine in bedrooms, instead there's 'public health advice'
Over 500 Covid-19 patients receiving critical care in Irish hospitals
Irish Pharmacy Union welcomes ability to give flu vaccine off-site
Pharmacists will be able to give people the flu jab outside the pharmacy premises.
Irish pharmacists want condoms to be made VAT-free
Currently they have a VAT rate of 13.5%.
Taoiseach says women seeking morning after pill should not face 'invasive' questioning
On the referendum, Varadkar said women should be trusted in the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy.
Case against pharmacists accused of poor professional performance is dismissed
A hearing by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland took place today.
Fears 'risky new drug trend' could develop amid crackdown on prescription drugs
New rules tighten the restrictions around the possession of benzodiazepines and ‘z-drugs’.
'If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you inhale a mugful of tar each year'
One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease – pharmacists want to buck this trend.
Majority of complaints against pharmacists relate to dispensing errors
Complaints made against pharmacists fell by nearly a half last year.
Life-saving drugs can now be given by trained members of the public
The death of Emma Sloan from an allergic reaction gave a huge impetus to the campaign.
Pharmacists want women with medical cards to have easier access to the morning after pill
They want medical card holders to be able to get the pill over the counter without having to go to a doctor first.
Irish pharmacists say epilepsy and pain relief drugs in short supply
The Department of Health said medicine shortages are a global issue but it works with health professionals to avoid and manage them when they arise.
Opinion: Giving pharmacists greater powers to help patients should be a no-brainer
With proper support, pharmacists could play a greater role in alleviating pressure on the healthcare system.
Pharmacists warn that €2.50 prescription levy is hitting patients hard
Medical card holders are being affected by the €2.50 charge per item, pharmacists say.
Poll: Do you get the flu vaccine?
Eight people have died of the flu in recent weeks. Are you getting vaccinated?
All set for Christmas, but now you're sick? What should you take to help?
Confused about over-the-counter medicines? If you’re sick what should you ask for?
Poll: Should pharmacists in Ireland be given wider powers?
It has been reported that pharmacy was unable to give a 14-year-old’s mother an adrenaline shot without a prescription when the teen took a fatal allergic reaction.
Parents urged to check children for head lice in the coming weeks
With children going back to school in the coming weeks, pharmacists are warning about the dangers of head lice.
Pharmacists: New drugs list will save patients and State money
The Irish Medicines Board published an initial list of interchangeable drugs today so pharmacists can offer cheaper alternatives to patients.
Shortages of key medicines is impacting patients' health
The lack of some anti-depressants, pain-relief medicines and eye ointments has gotten worse in the last 12 months.
Worry online Pill prescription takes away 'face-to-face' doctor contact
Lloyds Online Pharmacy has just launched a new service where women can order their contraceptive pill prescription online, instead of going to a doctor.
Irish people warming up to generic medicines
The Irish Medicine Board expects lists of interchangeable medicines to be ready within two months of legislation on the drugs commencing.
Pharmacists finding it difficult to keep their 'heads above water'
Falling sales, rising costs and threats to cut pharmacy incomes are contributing to the gloomy business outlooks.
3 in 5 people read product information on prescription medication: IMB
Meanwhile, just one in two people read the information supplied with over-the-counter medicines, according to a new Irish Medicines Board survey.
Drugs bought on the internet 'can contain rat poison', warn pharmacists
Pharmacists have said people who buy drugs online are risking their health – and possibly their life.
Monday is the most common day women request the morning-after pill
While Dublin and Cork City are the most popular places for morning after pill consultations.
One in four pharmacies in Ireland operating at a loss
The figures come from a Grant Thornton survey released by the Irish Pharmacy Union as its conference gets under way in Kildare today.
Pharmacists claim new driving licence system will have 'devastating' effect
Pharmacists say the new credit card-style driving licence system will remove the need to get photos taken at a shop.
Pharmacists: Increased prescription charges may lead to people being hospitalised
The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that hiking up the cost of prescriptions for people on low incomes could end up costing the government a lot more money than it will save.
94 per cent of consumers favour increase in use of generic medicines
The survey showed the majority of people cite cost as the dominant reason for switching to generics.
Taking antibiotics for colds and flu is pointless - pharmacists
Pharmacists have warned that overuse of antibiotics is a major public health threat – and that we could eventually run out of effective antibiotics.
Gluten-free product allowance cut for coeliacs
Irish Pharmacy Union says HSE introduced cut with immediate effect – and no warning.
Pharmacists express concern over addiction to pain relief
Regulations around the sale of products containing codeine were introduced in 2010. Pharmacists heard that up to one in three adults may be suffering from chronic pain, which can affect quality of life.
Cheaper flu vaccinations on their way at pharmacies
A visit to the GP for a flu jab can cost up to €65, but pharmacists will shortly be able to offer the service for as low as €20.