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IMO resists minor expansion of pharmacists’ roles

But Health Minister Leo Varadkar is “very keen” to expand the range of services available through pharmacies

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

15th November, 2015
Leo Varadkar

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is opposing the idea that patients with medical cards be able to avail of the same services from pharmacists as private payers.

Its stance comes as the Health Research Board finalises an analysis of how expanding the range of services provided by pharmacists has worked in other countries.

Since 2011, the emergency contraceptive pill has been available from pharmacies without a prescription. But that service is not open to patients...

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