Pharmacists are substituting drugs to increase profit, warns IMO

Patients' health is being compromised by pharmacists who are breaching legislation by substituting medicines, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has warned.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
30th March, 2013

Patients' health is being compromised by pharmacists who are breaching legislation by substituting medicines, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has warned.

The IMO expressed alarm "at weekly reports from distressed patients" whose prescriptions were being changed without their knowledge. In a letter sent to the Department of Health, the IMO said patients' health was being jeopardised.

Dr Ray Walley, who heads up the IMO's GP Committee, said pharmacists were often substituting cheaper medicines for medicines...

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