Cashel pharmacist in line for top award

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A Cashel pharmacist has been named among the top pharmacists in Ireland at a special event in Dublin, where the shortlist for the annual Helix Health Pharmacist Awards was announced.

A Cashel pharmacist has been named among the top pharmacists in Ireland at a special event in Dublin, where the shortlist for the annual Helix Health Pharmacist Awards was announced.

Seamus Kennedy, who works in Friary Pharmacy in Cashel, was shortlisted for the Patient-Nominated Award, which is sponsored by TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

The Helix Health Pharmacist Awards are aimed at ‘celebrating excellence’ across all disciplines of the pharmacy profession and raising funds for the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund charity.

Fintan Moore, Chairman of the Organising Committee, highlighted the challenges facing pharmacists as a result of the prescription charge, which remained unchanged in Budget 2015. “The €2.50 prescription charge on medical card-holders is creating real problems for pharmacists he said. “There is a lot of anger from card-holders about paying the charge, and many simply cannot afford to pay it”.

“This presents a very real predicament for pharmacists who, on the one hand, will be breaking the law if they do not charge it; but, on the other hand, are seeing large numbers of their patients skipping vital medication if they insist on charging the payment, which is in turn leading to a direct decline in the health of those patients”.