Thursday September 24, 2020

Susan Mitchell: A bitter pill for chemists

Pharmacists risk losing out as GPs bid to dispense medicines directly to patients

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

15th May, 2016
Pharmacists may well be skipped in the process of dispensing medicines Pix: Pixabay

News that doctors are developing a radical plan to start the widespread dispensing of medicines is likely to alarm the 1,800 pharmacies across the country.

In December, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reported that in 2013, we spent €2.7 billion on pharmaceuticals dispensed by pharmacies in Ireland. That figure includes medicines purchased by private payers and the HSE, which covers the cost of medicines for patients with medical cards and others.

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