Irish Pharmacy Union overwhelmingly vote in favour of abolishing €2.50 prescription levy – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Irish Pharmacy Union overwhelmingly vote in favour of abolishing €2.50 prescription levy




There was some welcome news announced earlier today for people on prescription medications as the country’s Pharmacists have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new motion that will see the phased abolition of the prescription levy

The levy which has faced strong criticism from patients and doctors since its introduction in 2010 will be phased out for all patients by 2019. The Irish Pharmacy Union have also revealed that all vulnerable patients exempt from the €2.50 charge immediately.

The news comes as a recent survey for the IPU found that 28% of medical card holders have said they think twice about collecting and taking their prescription medicines because of the rising cost of the levy. The move will most likely be welcome to patients as some people can spend up to €25 per month on their medications.

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