A new home!

Because of some technical difficulties between the Joomla website and the WordPress blog the decision has been made to separate the two.  There should still be a link from the website to the blog and vice versa so all you have to do is to change your bookmark. If you are reading this then you already know the new address.

PSI Council Elections

It’s election time again.  This time round there are 8 candidates for 4 positions.  I have the greatest of respect for anybody who would put themselves forward for misery that membership of the Council entails.   All you have to do is to make sure you get your vote filled in and back to Fenian St in time to be counted.  It’s up to you to decide who will best represent your interests on Council.  And remember to continue your preferences.  Every last vote and transfer will count.

The list with no more information than names and proposers are here. It would be nice if we could get a bit more information from them such as where they stand on issues such as the high level of registration fees.  Surely it is not beyond the wit of some of them to publish some sort of manifesto.

You can also take a quick look at the Poitigeir facebook page for more information about the candidates.  It’s up to the candidates themselves how they choose to describe themselves be it community, hospital or otherwise on the ballot paper.  To give you a bit more background on them here is a list of their linkedin profiles from another forum.  So here they are in no particular order

  1. John Corr – LinkedIn Profile
  2.  Rory O’Donnell – LinkedIn Profile
  3. Anne McEntegart –LinkedIn Profile
  4. Muireann Ni Shuilleabhain – LinkedIn Profile
  5. Ronan Sheridan – LinkedIn Profile
  6. Morgan O’Connell – LinkedIn Profile
  7. Johanna Kissane – Not on LinkedIn
  8. Mary Rose Burke – LinkedIn Profile




Letter to Reilly about Pharmacy Regulator Fees

Here’s a copy of a letter I sent to Dr. Reilly in relation to the extortionate fees being charged by the regulator.  They currently are running a surplus of just short of €2 million per year.  That means they could charge each community pharmacy €1,250 per year instead of €2,250 per year and still be generating a surplus.  I intend to circulate this to every member of the council as well.  So that the next time that they decide to do nothing they cannot say that “nobody told us.”

I would urge you all to do likewise.

Dear Minister Reilly,

I am writing to ask you to reduce the annual registration fees payable to the Pharmacy Regulator, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). As you can see from the table below the registration fees for premises and individuals are far higher in Ireland than those payable in both the UK and Northern Ireland. I feel that the fees payable to the PSI should be reduced to rates similar to those paid by pharmacists in other EU countries.


Premises Ireland €2250 UK(1) £221 (€265) Northern Ireland(2) £155 (€185.89)

Pharmacist Ireland €400 UK(1) £240 (€287.82) Northern Ireland(2) £372 (€446.12)

(Exchange rate – 21/11/13)

On June 26 2013, the Health and Social Professionals Council (CORU) reduced the annual registration fee by 3€195 and set it at €100 for the next 3 years and agreed to refund any members who had paid the annual fee of €295. I would appreciate if you could instruct the PSI to implement a similar reduction for both the individual pharmacists and pharmacy premises as soon as possible.

I would also appreciate if you could instruct the PSI to implement a system allowing for payment in instalments to ease the cash flow burden imposed on pharmacists due to the implementation of a once-off annual payment system.

In light of the current economic climate, the fact that the PSI reported an annual excess of €1,944,324 (4) for the year ending 31/12/12 and the recent reductions in fees paid to pharmacists, I would ask that you give serious consideration to my application and ask the Pharmacy regulator to implement an appropriate deduction in fees payable as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely,

David Jordan

(1)Ref – General Pharmaceutical Council


ees (cited 21/11/13)

(2)Ref – PSNI


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(3)Ref – CORU


(cited 21/11/13)

(4)Ref – PSI http://www.thepsi.ie/tns/publications/core-publications.aspx (21/11/13)


Electronic cigarettes. Looks like I may have been wrong

I posted some time ago that I thought that the PSI were wrong to say that we should not stock the electronic cigs. In the light of this and other reports it seems that they may have had the right idea but for the wrong reasons.
Mea culpa, mea cupla, mea a corpra cupla.

Most of the companies making them are owned by big cigarette manufacturers. And you know that we can trust them. They are looking to replace their dying market for cigarettes with many new generations of e-cigarette addicts. And if you cannot ban them how about taxing them like cigarettes? A whole new source of money to be put into James Reilly’s constituency.

The future is here

This blog piece comes from JayPee who is listed on the side of the page. It is about how the AMA (American Medical Association), their equivalent of the IMO are trying to block attempts to widen the pharmacists role. For the moment the GMS won’t pay for these things here so for now they are not going to happen to any great extent. But the time will come when the GMS will start to see the value inherent in them and will want to bring them in. Then will we see the IMO kicking up?

I’ll be posting my Irish Pharmacist pieces soon. Just been up to my tonsils lately.

The Book

Now available from your local pharmacy wholesaler. i.e. that means Uniphar & United Drug folks.

THE BOOK, a Pharmacy Business Management textbook by Michael Tierney. Currently it has been nominated for the Booker, Turner and Nobel Prize for Literature.

OK so I made the last bit up, but it got your attention.

Most importantly…..

30 euros goes to the Benevolent fund which helps pharmacists and their families who have hit hard times.

20 euros goes to the Jack Kavanagh fund. Jack Kavanagh is the son of a pharmacist and is a pharmacy student. He broke his neck in an accident and wants to complete his pharmacy studies. This is one way of helping to raise the funds to help Jack.

This is the first Irish Pharmacy management handbook since Fionan Harty wrote “The Efficient Pharmacy” in 1980.

The “Pharmacy Business Management textbook” has everything you need to make your pharmacy business more profitable.The book is written in understandable English and is divided into 15 chapters.

Understanding the Pharmacy set-up.
Understanding employment law.
Job descriptions.

Measurement and Benchmarking.(KPIs)
Basic Book-keeping.
Cash Flow.

Purchasing in the pharmacy.
Selling in the pharmacy.
Pharmacy expenses.

Legal and regulatory.
and more.

There is something for every pharmacist in this book particularly the owner pharmacist or manager pharmacist.The book will be extremely useful to newly qualified pharmacists, pharmacy students, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and to pharmacy spouses who have an interest in pharmacy survival.

The book is retailing for €50.

The fifty euros can also be claimed as an expense.
So you will be helping 2 charities.
You will be helping yourself by improving your business acumen.
You can claim the book as an expense.

The printing of the book has been sponsored by TEVA pharmaceuticals.
The book is written by Michael himself and he is not receiving any payment whatsoever for this book.
His motive for writing the book is simply to improve business efficiency in Irish pharmacies.
He has been a community pharmacist for well over 30 years. He has a diploma in pharmacy management. He is on the VAT committee of the IPU. He is on the business steering group of the IPU and he is on the CPC committee of the IPU. In addition he is a recent member of Indepharm.

They are printing 2,000 copies of this book and I’m sure that he would appreciate all the help that he can get in supporting the sale of this book.
He would also appreciate any constructive suggestions for the next edition.