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# ipu - Friday 1 May, 2020

Pharmacists call for flu vaccine to be free for everyone

The Irish Pharmacy Union has said a plan must be developed to stop hospitals becoming overwhelmed next winter, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

# ipu - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Alternative brands can replace medicines if they become unavailable after Brexit

The Irish Pharmaceutical Union and the health minister said no medicine shortages have been identified.

# ipu - Friday 14 September, 2018

Irish pharmacists want condoms to be made VAT-free

Currently they have a VAT rate of 13.5%.

# ipu - Tuesday 27 February, 2018

Pharmacists urge people to ensure they have 'supply of essential medicines' before storm hits

The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that patients could experience “significant disruption for several days”.

# ipu - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

'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.

# ipu - Sunday 13 November, 2016

Use antibiotics as a 'quick fix' for a cold? It won't work and could be very damaging

Pharmacists have said misusing and overusing antibiotics is “one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Ireland”.

# ipu - Friday 15 January, 2016

Thieves target pharmacies for all their cosmetic and fake tan needs

A survey showed that three out of four pharmacies have experienced some form of crime.

# ipu - Friday 24 April, 2015

People without medical cards are avoiding doctors like the plague

Although hopefully most of them don’t actually have the plague.

# ipu - Friday 6 February, 2015

Pharmacies facing raids from attackers armed with knives, syringes and guns

A crime survey has found that cosmetics and fake tan are the most likely items to be shoplifted from pharmacies.

# ipu - Friday 19 December, 2014

Are you on medication? Here's why you probably shouldn't drink this Christmas

One reason is that it certain medication can put you over the legal limit for driving if you mix it with alcohol.

# ipu - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Postmasters say that moving motor tax to post offices would save €27 million

The IPU wants the measure introduced in the Budget.

# ipu - Friday 9 May, 2014

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.

# ipu - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Here's why postmasters want cashless welfare payments suspended

The cashless welfare payments are due to be introduced by 2017.

# ipu - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Pharmacies a growing target for shoplifters and thieves

The vast majority have been victim to at least two crimes in 2013.

# ipu - Friday 23 August, 2013

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.

# ipu - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

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.

# ipu - Saturday 11 May, 2013

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.

# ipu - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Post Offices want to process more Government services to prevent closures

Processing motor tax renewals, hospital charges, water charges, business rates and other government services would help keep An Post in business.

# ipu - Sunday 28 April, 2013

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.

# ipu - Saturday 27 April, 2013

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.

# ipu - Friday 28 December, 2012

What's most likely to be stolen from Irish pharmacies? Fake tan

A survey by the Irish Pharmacy Union has found ‘shocking’ levels of crime in pharmacies, with cosmetics and fake tan topping the list for the items most likely to be stolen.

# ipu - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

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.

# ipu - Monday 3 September, 2012

Gluten-free product allowance cut for coeliacs

Irish Pharmacy Union says HSE introduced cut with immediate effect – and no warning.

# ipu - Saturday 9 June, 2012

Irish pharmacists call for a cut in rates to boost retail sector

Meanwhile, One4All has launched Ireland’s first retail week.

# ipu - Wednesday 21 March, 2012

Postmasters 'mystified' that Household Charge cannot be paid at Post Office

The Department of the Environment has said it was not possible as a procurement process would have been needed, which would have delayed the forthcoming property tax.

# ipu - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

John Player argues for tobacco industry's "voice to be heard"

“Democracy is not the sole preserve of the NGO community,” said the tobacco company in its submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.