Last week we covered Healthwave, an innovative company that provides reduced prescription costs alongside a handy mobile service across Ireland. This week, for Dubliners or those willing to travel to the city, City Pharmacy on Dame Street has launched City-Saver, a range of low cost generic medicine which could see monthly savings of up to 50%.
The range features around 100 commonly used generic medicines beginning from €3.95 per month. A full list of the medication is available on citypharmacy.ie. According to the HSE, the only differences between brand name and generic medicines are the name, packaging and price. Generic versions contain the same active ingredient, and the Health Products Regulatory Authority maintains a handy list of interchangeable medicines.
The City-Saver programme has a number of attractive features for money-conscious consumers, including no sign-up fee and no annual membership charge. To take advantage of the programme, customers must first register by filling in a form in-store. Like Healthwave, a prescription is required for any prescription medication.
“We think that people deserve to be able to get better value. The price of medicines has dropped – we have achieved lower costs through discounts from our suppliers and we’re just trying to pass on those savings to our customers,” says Cathal Lynch, supervising pharmacist with City Pharmacy.