Prescription Schemes

We offer a full comprehensive prescription service here at Lombard Pharmacy, including Private Prescriptions, Medical Card Prescriptions and other Government Schemes including, Drug Payment Scheme, Medical Card Scheme, Long Term Illness Scheme, EU Scheme & High Tech Scheme

To talk about your prescription and entitlements drop in, call us on 01 677 0781 or email us here.

Government Schemes

Drugs Payment Card

Are you entitled to a Drugs Payment Scheme card & benefit from additional savings?

Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, an individual or family only has to pay up to €144 each month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and certain appliances for use by that person or his or her family in that month.

If you have a GP Visit Card or do not have a Medical Card, you should apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card.

Click on this link to download an application form

This scheme is aimed at those who don't have a Medical Card and normally have to pay the full cost of their medication. It also applies to those who have a GP Visit Card.

Anyone ordinarily resident in Ireland, and holding a PPSN, can apply to join the scheme, regardless of family, financial circumstances or nationality.

The definition of a family for this scheme, is an adult, their spouse, and any children under 18 years. Dependents over 18 years and under 23 years who are in full time education may also be included. Everyone ordinarily resident in Ireland without a Medical Card should have a Drugs Payment Scheme Card.

Medical Cards

Medical Cards allow people to access Family Doctor or GP services, community health services, dental services, hospital care and a range of other benefits free of charge. Medical card holders have to pay a charge of €2.50 (€2 of you are over 70 years of age) per item dispensed by pharmacists.

Most people who get a Medical Card do so because their income is below a certain level. It is also possible to get a Medical Card if the cost of meeting your medical needs causes you financial hardship.

Further information about Medical Cards, including how to apply can be found here.

Long Term Illness (LTI) Medicines

If you have certain long-term illnesses or disabilities, you may apply to join the Long Term Illness Scheme and you will be supplied with a Long Term Illness book. This book allows you to get drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of your illness, free of charge.

Please note: It does NOT depend on your income or other circumstances, and is SEPARATE from the Medical Card Scheme and the GP Visit Card Scheme.

If you have one of the medical conditions below, you should apply to join the Long Term Illness scheme to cover the cost of your medication.

  • Acute Leukaemia
  • Mental handicap
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Mental Illness (in a person under 16)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Epilepsy
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Haemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide

Are you entitled to free medicines under the EU scheme – check here?

Members of other EU states are entitled to FREE prescription medicines (except for a government levy of €2.50 per item) on receipt of an Irish doctor's medical card prescription in Ireland. For visitors from the UK, proof of residence in the UK is required. A EHIC card is required for all other EU citizens.

High Tech Scheme

Some specialised medicines can be provided by pharmacies, on receipt of a hospital consultant's prescription, either under the DPS or GMS scheme.

Ways to reduce your Medical Bills:

Med -1 Tax Form

You can receive money back for your health expenses by completing a MED 1 form. This form can be used by PAYE employees and self employed and you can download here: med1

You can also submit your claim online on

You must have paid or incurred the amounts claimed on treatments prescribed by or on the advice of a qualifying practitioner. Drugs and medicines can only be claimed where they have been supplied on prescription.

Prescribed medicines that are ineligible under the DPS scheme, may be eligible under this scheme.

You do not need to send in receipts to the Tax Office with your claim. However, you need to ensure that you only claim for amounts for which you hold receipts, as you may be asked for them later.

We provide you with a receipt each time we dispense a prescription for you.

Please take note that we can also issue you with an annual Med1 certificate at the end of the year, which gives a grand total figure for all prescriptions dispensed during the tax year, making it easy for you to keep track of everything and claim your money back.

Any queries – Ask Our Pharmacist.

If you have any further queries about any of these schemes, please feel free to ask  any of our team at Lombard and they will be delighted to help you.

You can drop in, call directly on 01 677 0781   or email here.