NI Pharmacies struggle with financial strain amid prescription reimbursement crisis

Pharmacies across Northern Ireland are in financial turmoil, reporting that they are dispensing prescription medicines at a loss due to inadequate
reimbursement from the Department of Health (DoH).

This crisis has led to the closure of almost a dozen pharmacies over the past 18 months, with many others struggling to stay open.

Siobhan McNulty, who runs Melvin Pharmacy in Garrison, County Fermanagh, described the dire situation. “We’re dispensing medicines at a loss,” she said.

“The reimbursement rates don’t match the cost of the drugs, and we’re left to cover the gap.”

McNulty relies on sales of non-pharmaceutical products to keep her business running.