Please do not hesitate to ask us our price on any of your prescribed medications and for ways in which you might reduce the cost of your medication.
Managing the cost of your medicines
Many medicines have reduced a lot in price over the last few years. Please do not hesitate to ask us our price on any of your prescribed medications.
There are also number of ways you can manage the cost of your medicines.
The community drug schemes are state schemes that contribute to the cost of your prescribed medicine.
The state schemes are:
- GMS – General Medical Card Scheme – click here for details and eligibility criteria
- LTI – Long Term Illness Scheme – click here for details and eligibility criteria
- DPS – Drug Payment Scheme – click here for details and eligibility criteria
You will have probably heard and read a lot about generic substitution in the media recently. “Generic medicine” is the term given to identical medicines manufactured by pharmaceutical companies once the original medicine goes off patent. Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient as the original medicine and are subject to the same licensing process in terms of their safety, quality and efficacy.
In general, as the pharmaceutical companies are not trying to recoup the cost of the research and development of the medicine, generic medicines are less expensive than the original medication.
It is our policy to offer you a generic medicine where this is available and your doctor has written the prescription in such a way that permits us to do this. This reduces the cost of the medicine to you (if you have to pay for it) and to the exchequer (if the HSE supports or part supports your medicine costs). Many of the generic medicines we stock are manufactured in Ireland, thus providing the consequential benefits of employment to the economy and the local community.