Mobile pharmacy aims to deliver
A mobile pharmacy service is now up and running countrywide, claiming to offer lower-priced prescription drugs to customers.
Pharmacist Shane O'Sullivan, who owns Dundrum store Healthwave says his subscription-based service offers prices typically around 50pc lower than average.
His team of pharmacists will travel anywhere in the country for an initial consultation to check people's prescriptions in line with legal requirements, with medicines delivered the next day. Repeat prescriptions can then be ordered online and delivered by courier.
Customers pay €25 a year for a subscription or €60 for a family, meaning it's primarily geared towards those on long-term prescriptions.
Sample prices include a Salbutamol inhaler for €2.95 instead of the €10 charged in some pharmacies, while stomach drug Omeprazole costs €4.95 rather than €22.18, and breast cancer drugs Anazstrozole costs €17.90 compared to as much as €94.55 in some outlets.
Mr O'Sullivan says the lower prices are possible because he offers primarily generic medicines and negotiates good deals with suppliers, as well as operating a low-cost model with a strong use of technology.
He says the take-up of the mobile service is already strong with a customer base that now stretches all the way from Donegal to Cork.
- Aideen Sheehan