Who we are
The Irish Pharmacy Union
The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is the representative and professional body for community pharmacists in Ireland. The IPU's sole focus is on protecting, promoting and strengthening the profession now and long into the future.
This page contains information we have issued to our members in relation to the current COVID-19 health crisis. Updated regularly with latest developments.
Of people trust the advice they get from their pharmacist
Think PharmacyCommon Ailments the pharmacy can help with
Cold & Flu
Colds are caused by a virus and are often confused with flu. Get to know the difference between the flu and a cold.
Your pharmacist can help show you how to get through a bout of vomiting, diarrhoea, or both.
Your pharmacist can show you how to manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease.
Your local pharmacy can guide you in how to manage your weight or quit smoking.
WHAT CAN YOU GO TO THE PHARMACY FOR?
The pharmacy can provide you with a range of services, from practical advice on common ailments to explanations on medication interactions and much more. Your pharmacist is a healthcare professional who can assist you with your health concerns quickly. They will also guide you to other health professionals or community services, if required.
IPU COVID-19 Radio CampaignIPU COVID-19 Radio Campaign
We ran a radio ad on both national and regional radio informing the public that their local pharmacy is working hard in difficult circumstances to continue supplying their medicines and the advice they trust. We asked people to be understanding of small delays and, if possible, to phone ahead before collecting their prescription. The ad ran from 20 March – 26 April.
Become a member
Join the IPU
Currently, over 2,200 pharmacists are registered as members of the IPU – the vast majority of whom are community pharmacists. This represents 95% of community pharmacies in Ireland. Membership of the IPU provides you with the professional support and advice you need in your day-to-day practice as a community pharmacist.