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Councillor Condemns Change to Dispensing "Blister Packs" to long term ill patients on multiple daily medicines

Needless bureaucracy by the HSE has resulted in a change in the way some medicines can be dispensed to patients with long term illnesses on multiple tablets daily.

That’s according to Castlebar Independent councillor, a member of the HSE West forum, Michael Kilcoyne.

Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that people on numerous daily tablets with a long term condition up until now, could go to the doctor and get a prescription for 28 days and the medicines could be dispensed by the pharmacist in what’s termed blister packs – measuring out the tablets per day.

But now the HSE will not allow the pharmacist to dispense more than 7 days of blister packs, resulting in patients having to attend a pharmacy 4 times rather than once every 28 days.

The councillor says the change impacts particularly on elderly, rural patients that have no means of transport into town.

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