Dr. Eithne Brenner



Drugs Payment Scheme

If you are an Irish resident and don’t have a medical card, you should ensure your family are registered on the Drugs Payment Scheme, even if you don’t currently have high medical bills.

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, a family pays a maximum of €132* per month for approved medicines and appliances for use by that person and his / her family in that calendar month. It is recommended that you use the same pharmacy each month.

To apply, simply ask a member of our staff for an application form and they will be pleased to help you apply (you will need your PPS number). You will receive a white card from the health board for each member of the family. Please give this to a member of you local pharmacy, so they can register you on their system. * subject to change by Dept of Health.



Drugs Tax Relief

When you spend more than a set amount on certain medical expenses, you are able to claim tax relief. Most of the cost of your prescribed medication can be claimed against your tax.

At the end of the tax year, you local pharmacy can provide you with a print out of all prescriptions dispensed. Simply present this with your completed MED 1 form in your tax return.

Glucometers for diabetics and gluten-free food for coeliacs are also tax deductible. Many other medical expenses attract tax relief such as the costs of doctor and consultant visits. If you are undergoing a new procedure or availing of a new appliance, it is worthwhile checking if you can claim tax relief. For more information, see the Revenue information leaflet “Taxation and Medical Expenses” or contact your local tax office.



Long-Term Illness Scheme

The Long-Term Illness Scheme allows people with certain conditions, to obtain the medicines and appliances they require for the treatment of their condition, without charge. No means test is involved.

Conditions included in this scheme are:

  • Mental Disability
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Haemophilia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Epilepsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Acute Leukaemia
  • Mental Illness (up to age 16 only)




Many over the counter medicines are available on the Medical Card or Drugs Payment Scheme when prescribed by your doctor, although some dispensary packages vary in appearance.

This list is not exhaustive, so ask a member of you local pharmacy staff if you want to know about a product not on this list.


  • Solpadeine capsules
  • Maxilief soluble
  • Paracetamol tablets
  • Ibuprofen tablets
  • Voltarol Emugel


  • Exputex Pulmoclase
  • Beconase Spray Flixonase Spray
  • Vividrin eye drops Haycrom eye drops
  • Zirek


  • Fybogel
  • Duphalac
  • Lactulose
  • Regulan
  • Normacol
  • Dioralyte sachets
  • Gaviscon Liquid and tablets
  • Gaviscon Advance
  • Maalox
  • Imodium capsules
  • Motilium tablets
  • Colpermin capsules
  • Vermox liquid and tablets


  • Silcocks base
  • Aqueous cream
  • Emulsifying ointment
  • Nizoral Shampoo
  • Cocois Oint
  • Zovirax Cream
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream


  • Mepore (DPS)
  • Primapore (DPS)


  • Lamisal Cream
  • Daktarin Cream, powder and oral gel
  • Canestan cream, pessaries and duo pack


  • Lyclear cream
  • Derbac M
  • Ascabiol


  • Clonfolic
  • Calcichew
  • Ferrograd
  • Folic Tablets
  • Ferrograd Tables
  • Galfer and Galfer FA


  • Liquifilm tears
  • Vidisic Gel
  • Tears Natural
  • Lacrilube

Some nicotine replacement patches and gums, to help you give up smoking are available with a prescription from your doctor. Certain baby foods are also available.