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cross border prescriptions

Now you can pick up your prescription while you're on holiday

If you’re in the EU, that is.

MINISTER FOR HEALTH Leo Varadkar has signed new laws today allowing cross-border prescriptions to be issued by Irish GPs.

These prescriptions can be used anywhere in the EU and allow people travelling outside of Ireland to pick up their medication if they run out while on holidays. It also means that anyone who falls ill while they’re abroad and is prescribed drugs while they are there, can buy that medication when they return home if they get a cross-border prescription.

Varadkar said these measures are being taken under a directive which was set up to ensure member states work together in the interest of patients.

“It’s a good example of why the European Union was set up in the first place: not to impose rules and regulations on people but rather to make travel, trade and movement around the continent more free,” he said.

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