Blister Packing Service

Blister packing of medicines eliminates the confusion that can be associated with complicated regimens. Medicines are arranged in handy weekly or monthly blister packs, and separate tablets into compartments based on day of the week and time of day they need to be taken at.

This is aimed at people taking many medicines or those who worry about missing a dose. It is also useful for carers who care for someone on multiple medicines.

Repeat Prescriptions

If you require regular prescriptions, we can keep your prescription on file. Then when you need a repeat, you can just order your medicines over the phone. We’ll have them ready for you to collect at a time that suits you.

Drugs Payment Scheme

Don't have a Medical Card?

If you are not a medical card holder, the Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) may be able to save you money on your medicines each month.

Any Irish resident who does not hold a medical card is entitled to apply for a DPS card. Once registered, each individual or family will only pay a maximum of €144 for prescription medicines in any one calendar month. You will receive a DPS card and number which we will add to your record.

We will keep a running total of how much you spend during the month, and will stop charging once you reach the €144 mark. For more details on how to apply for the DPS, or to get the forms, please ask in store.

Long Term Illness

Irish residents suffering from certain illnesses or conditions may be able to apply for the Long Term Illness (LTI) scheme. This scheme allows patients to obtain medicines and equipment directly related to the illness free of charge, regardless of income. However, treament unrelated to the illness will be charged as normal, therefore patients may also need to apply for a medical card or DPS card.

Patients that qualify for the LTI scheme will be issues a Long Term Illness Book. This serves as a prescription, detailing the type and quantities of medicines required. This book will be filled out and signed by your doctor, and should be brought to the pharmacy for dispensing.

The conditions covered by the LTI scheme are as follows*:

  • Mental handicap
  • Mental illness (for people under 16 only)
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Haemophilia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Epilepsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Acute leukaemia
  • Conditions arising from use of Thalidomide

To apply or for more information, contact your local Health Office or visit

Emergency Contraception

As of February 2011, Norlevo 1.5mg, the emergency contraceptive pill is available over the counter in Irish pharmacies. At Harringtons Pharmacy we welcomed this change and immediately put into place protocol so that patients can avail of this service in an efficient and discreet manner.

If you require the emergency contraceptive, or “Morning After” pill, call into the store and the pharmacist will look after you. When you go into the pharmacy, the pharmacist will ask you to fill out a short questionairre in private. They will then review this and ensure that the pill is appropriate for you. If it is not suitable, they will direct you to another source of help.

If you are deemed suitable to take the medicine, you will be supplied the medicine by the pharmacist. The pharmacist will also offer you advice on how it should be taken and contraception options available for future use.

For more information, you can ask the pharmacist, either by ringing the shop, or by calling in. Alternatively, visit


Need a Vaccine?

Help protect yourself in winter with a flu vaccination from Rathgar Pharmacy.

  • Being vaccinated is likely to provide effective protection against this year’s strain of seasonal influenza virus.
  • It can take up to 10-21 days for the vaccination to be fully effective, so there is a slight chance of still catching the flu.
  • This years seasonal flu vaccine offers protection against swine flu.
  • You may not be eligible for the seasonal flu vaccine if you are allergic to either eggs or chicken or have had an allergic reaction to any other vaccine.