Below are the Pharmacy Schemes that we participate in.
This scheme covers medical card holders for items prescribed by the Doctor that are not usually reimbursable by the HSE. We must make an application to the HSE on the patient’s behalf and seek approval before we can dispense items on the hardship scheme. There are specific conditions that must be satisfied before the HSE will approve the application.
Please talk to a staff member at the Pharmacy if you require and further information or clarification on the hardship scheme.
This scheme covers medical card holders who have prescriptions written by their Dentists for certain medicines such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and pain relief.
Hospital Emergency Scheme
This scheme covers medical card holders who have had a prescription written in a public hospital. They must come to the Pharmacy with the hospital prescription within 24 hours of it being written. We will then dispense up to one week’s supply of the medication and return the hospital prescription to the patient. The prescription must then be brought to the patient’s G.P. who will write the remainder of the prescription on a medical card rescription form.
High Tech Scheme
The medicines dispensed on this scheme are, in many cases, as the name suggests, recently developed complex medications. They are very expensive and are always prescribed in the hospitals. They are provided free of charge to medical card holders and are included in the DPS maximum of €85 for all other patients.
Health Amendment Scheme
This scheme allows people who contracted Hepatitis C directly or indirectly from the use of Human Immunoglobulin-Anti-D or from the receipt within Ireland of any blood product or a blood transfusion to receive all approved prescribed medication free of charge.
Drug Refund Scheme
This scheme covers all prescriptions not covered by the other schemes. The customer pays the full total cost of the prescription and will be issued with an official receipt. This receipt can then be used with a MED 1 form to claim tax relief. Please ask at the Pharmacy for your complementary MED 1 Report (outlining your expenditure on medicines over a specific period of time) and the MED 1 form itself.
Drug Payment Scheme
Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, an individual or family in Ireland only has to pay €120 each month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by that person or his or her family in that month. The amount is determined from time to time by the Minister for Health and Children. If you have a GP Visit Card or do not have a Medical Card you should apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card.
General Medical Services
We dispense on this scheme to all those with medical cards. Doctors may write a once off prescription or a three month prescription. Once off medical card prescription forms are green and comprise of two sheets in total and three month forms are white and comprise of six sheets in total. All remaining sheets of the three month prescription must be brought to the pharmacy every time.
Long Term Illness Scheme
This scheme covers patients with the following long-term conditions: Mental handicap, Mental illness (for people under 16), Diabetes insipidus, Diabetes mellitus, Haemophilia, Cerebral palsy, Phenylketonuria, Epilepsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple sclerosis, Spina bifida, Muscular dystrophies, Hydrocephalus, Parkinsonism, Acute leukaemia and Conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide. All medication related to these conditions is supplied free of charge to the patients. An application must be made to the HSE by the patients and their Doctors and following approval, the HSE issues a Long Term Illness book to the patient. Once again ask at the Pharmacy for more information.