Prescription medication, as I was recently reminded, can be quite expensive, so much so that some might think twice about going for a refill. According to a recent survey carried out by the Health Products Regulatory Authority, one third of Irish adults and two thirds of those over the age of 65 are using medication long term, which can result in a hefty cost, particularly if you’re not covered by measures such as the medical card or the Long Term Illness Scheme.
And that’s where Dundrum-based Healthwave comes in. The company has actually been in Ireland since 2013, operating with the aim of changing the way pharmacy works here. They provide a subscription service (family membership costs €25 per year) to both reduce costs and make accessing medication more convenient, though you still need to have a prescription for your medication.
According to Healthwave, average savings are 50%, with the typical member saving between €200 and €500 per annum. They also offer free home delivery across the country, and a free 24 hour blood pressure monitoring service, as well as a mobile prescription service. They also maintain an online, searchable price list, where you can compare the current price of your medication with that from Healthwave.
“We have customers coming from all over the country to avail of our unique pricing model for prescriptions and medication,” said Shane O’Sullivan, founder of Healthwave, at the launch of their mobile service last year. “People do their research on the price of medication, and find that it still is worth travelling to Dublin to avail of the HealthPass service. Our philosophy is not only to provide the best pricing, but the best pharmacy service to our customers, so we feel it is only appropriate that our Healthwave pharmacists should be available where our customers are located.”
For more information, visit healthwave.ie.