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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Pharmacies

This year
Pharmacists may soon be allowed to prescribe medicine
The Taskforce has been asked to provide its first recommendations to the Minister for Health as early as October.
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
Group to investigate options for funding severe pregnancy sickness drug to make it more available
The drug, known as Cariban, is currently unavailable on the drugs payment scheme or by medical card.
All time
People aged 40-49 to be offered Covid boosters from 27 December, three weeks ahead of schedule
50,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered yesterday – a daily record.
People aged 40-49 will be offered boosters from 27 December - three weeks ahead of the initial plan
Vaccinations for children aged 5-11 will commence in paediatric hospitals next week
50,000 Covid-19 boosters were administered yesterday - a daily record, Órla Ryan reports
GP: When a super-spreadable virus meets a super-spreader event like Christmas we need to pause
Over 700 pharmacies will be administering Pfizer vaccines from this week
Some 320 pharmacies have already been administering Pfizer vaccines.
Supplies 'very limited' as pharmacies begin vaccinating 18-34 age group
The HSE confirmed that another 343,000 vaccine doses were administered last week.
'It's crazy': Pharmacists say phones ringing constantly after Janssen jab announcement
The HSE National Director asked the public to ‘be patient’ with pharmacies.
GPs say they are ready to vaccinate over 85s as first doses set to arrive on Monday week
The vast majority of people over 70 will receive their vaccine at a GP surgery.
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.
Ireland spends €20 billion per year on healthcare, here's where the money goes
There was a 10% increase in health expenditure between 2011 and 2016.
HSE lodges High Court cases against several pharmacies
The defendants include pharmacies based in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary.
'Oh, that's just the price': €11 difference in cost of same medication in two Dublin pharmacies
One man was charged 32c a pill for his depression medication in one Dublin pharmacy, and 73c in another.
'Epidemics' of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance
Misuse and overuse of medication will “almost certainly lead to a health crisis”, it has been warned.
Prescriptions are going to be cheaper for over-70s with a medical card from tomorrow
Those eligible are advised to make themselves known to pharmacy staff so they can benefit from this reduction.
Cash, drugs and fake tan among the most common items stolen from pharmacies
Pharmacists have said that violent raids can have a physical and psychological effect on staff.
Taking ibuprofen can raise the risk of heart failure, scientists warn
Medics used data taken from 10 million patients across Europe.
Majority of complaints against pharmacists relate to dispensing errors
Complaints made against pharmacists fell by nearly a half last year.
'I've been trying to bring cheap medicine to Irish patients. Too many are struggling to pay'
I used to dread bringing an inhaler out to a patient and asking for €85, writes Shane O’Sullivan.
People without medical cards are avoiding doctors like the plague
Although hopefully most of them don’t actually have the plague.
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.
Stocks of antibiotic Augmentin could run out 'within months'
The antibiotic treats infections like bronchitis and pneumonia and may be unavailable in Ireland until late next year.
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.
NCA survey finds wide variations in drug pricing in pharmacies nationwide
The average percentage difference across a range of commonly prescribed drugs nationwide was 56 per cent, according to a survey by the National Consumer Agency .
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.
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.
Pharmacists warned over use of cough syrup to make crystal meth
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland has advised members to be cautious about people who ask for significant quantities of medicines.
New Bill will let chemists substitute cheaper generic drugs for more expensive ones
The new Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 could mean cheaper trips to the pharmacy.
Boots to cut cost of prescription medicines for customers in Ireland
The pharmacy says that it is to lower the cost of the majority of its prescription medicines which will save customers on average 25 per cent.
Union criticises 'flawed' newspaper report on pharmacy mark-ups
The Irish Pharmacy Union criticises an Irish Independent report that some chemists mark-up prices by up to 354 per cent.
Nurofen Plus recalled in Ireland after 'sabotage' of packs in the UK
The painkillers have been recalled from Irish wholesalers as a precautionary measure after rogue drugs were found in packs in the UK.
Google settles $500m lawsuit over ads for online pharmacies
The US Department of Justice says Google has agreed to forfeit $500m made from illegally advertising Canadian chemists.
Average age of women requesting morning after pill is 23 years - survey
Survery by the Irish Pharmacy Union says that 85 per cent of pharmacists polled have been asked for the drug since mid-February.