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Locum Doctors in Ireland

imf27There are always opportunities for locum GPs and pharmacists in Ireland. Whether newly qualified and starting out non-Irish professionals visiting Ireland, the Irish primary care setting always has vacancies.

The Irish healthcare system can be complex, even for those already in practice. One area where this is obvious is the area of medicines. With over 10,000 presentations licensed and marketed, choosing the best and safest drug can be difficult. An Irish Medicines Formulary (IMF) book helps.

IMF is the only independent (no advertising), fully-complete (includes ALL medicines, brands and generics) and Ireland-specific drug reference. It also includes Medical Devices, Oral Nutritional Supplements, the official National Immunisation Schedule for Ireland and Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines for Primary Care in Ireland. As well as the prescribing and safety information for each drug, IMF brings clarity to reimbursement and pricing of medicines. This practical information can dictate which prescription form must be used when issuing a valid prescription.

There are many reimbursement schemes operating today in Ireland. They are managed by the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) and include the GMS scheme, the High-Tech scheme, the Long-Term Illness scheme (LTI) and the Drug Payment Scheme (DPS). Prescriptions for medicines reimbursed under the Hi-Tech scheme need to be written on a dedicated High-Tech prescription/form. Naturally, medicines in Ireland are priced in Euro and an Irish-specific drug reference like IMF is essential to having the correct information.

A recent aspect of the Irish healthcare system is the flood of generics and, a feature specific to Ireland, branded-generics. The latter class of medicines tend to be marketed only within Ireland and when doctors need details for such medicines, only an IMF book supplies the information.