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PRESS RELEASE | Expansion of the free contraception scheme to include women aged 26 from 1 January 2023. (15/12/2022)

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has announced the expansion of the free contraception scheme to include women aged 26, from 1 January 2023. The free contraception scheme for women aged 17 to 25 was launched on 14 September 2022. The scheme is currently open to women aged 17 to 25 who are ordinarily resident in Ireland. Eligible women are able to visit GPs and other medical facilities such as family planning clinics for consultations regarding the best contraceptive options from them.  

The Chronic Diseases campaign launched today. 15/12/2022

The Chronic Diseases campaign launched today in the Irish Independent and online. This campaign aims to raise awareness of various chronic diseases that are affecting the Irish population, from the most prevalent such as asthma, cancer, COPD, CVD, to rarer diseases – highlighting signs and symptoms, how to manage chronic pain and spotlighting various innovations in research and treatments.

What's New on Antibiotic Prescribing? Position Statements Dipstick Urinalysis for UTIs in Adults.

Inappropriate use of dipstick urinalysis can lead to unnecessary antibiotic prescribing which does not benefit the patient and may cause considerable harm including adverse effects, drug interactions, and antimicrobial resistance.

Position Statements Dipstick Urinalysis for UTIs.pdf (size 585.8 KB)

Adverse effects of NSAIDs. 07/12/2022

At the ICGP webinar on 7/12/2022, Dr Paul Ryan, GP and Pharmacist presented important information and updates on NSAID (Nurofen Plus/Ibuprofen use).
Key points: NSAIDs:
*cause more deaths than RTAs. Twice as many deaths as asthma or cervical cancer.
*responsible for 30% of adverse drug reactions. Including bleeding, M.I, stroke, nephrotoxicity.
*check renal function on all those who take Ibuprofen regularly.

See the attached slides for reference.