IPU urges Motorists to talk to their Pharmacist before Driving on Prescription Medication

Call comes in response to new roadside tests checking motorists for prescription drugs that come into effect today

12 April 2017: The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is urging motorists to be extremely vigilant when driving and taking prescription medicines, recommending that they talk to their pharmacist to ensure they do not break the law. The call comes in response to new roadside tests that come into effect today that will allow Gardaí to check motorists for commonly prescribed medicines including antidepressants and sleeping tablets.

Ann Marie Horan, a pharmacist and member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Pharmacy Union, said today, It is extremely important when taking any medicines that individuals ensure that they are taking the prescribed dose. This is particularly so when driving, not only to ensure that they are under the legal limit, but also because there can be possible side-effects from some medications, such as drowsiness, which may impact on their ability to drive safely. For motorists to continue to drive safely, I would strongly recommend that they read the label on their medicine, check the required dosage and the possible side-effects, and when in doubt, ask their pharmacist.


Further information:

Jim Curran, IPU Director of Communications & Strategy, ph: 086 264 0469