Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pharmacies to withdraw from drugs scheme

From Irish Business News:
Several hundred pharmacists plan to pull out of community drugs schemes in a dramatic escalation in the row over drug payments.

Up to 400 pharmacies have told the Health Service Executive (HSE) of plans to suspend services or terminate their contracts with the state from May 1, according to sources close to the stand-off between pharmacists and the HSE.

In some counties, including Mayo and Donegal, almost all pharmacies have contacted the HSE about ceasing current arrangements. This could leave medical card patients without access to medicine in some areas, although the HSE has drawn up contingency plans to deal with this scenario. ...more

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