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Information to support people coming to Ireland from Ukraine

April 13, 2022

We are aware of the challenging circumstances faced by Ukrainians arriving in Ireland and of their temporary protection rights to live and work here. In line with our responsibilities to regulate the profession and practice of pharmacy in Ireland, we are currently engaged with health and other authorities in relation to a coordinated response.

We will make relevant information available on our website as the situation continues to evolve. We will also respond as best we can to questions, which can be sent by email to info@psi.ie.

Ukrainian pharmacists coming to Ireland

There are different roles that can be held by someone working in a pharmacy team in Ireland, many which do not require registration. Irish law requires that anyone wishing to practise as a pharmacist in Ireland must be registered with the PSI. Before you can do this, we must know that an applicant has a qualification suitable for practise in Ireland. We have different routes in place for qualification recognition of pharmacists depending on where the pharmacist qualification has been obtained, and these are processes governed by Irish and EU law. We are actively engaging with the Department of Health and other relevant authorities in Ireland about recognising the professional qualifications of Ukrainian pharmacists who may wish to practise here.

We encourage any Ukrainian pharmacists who want to register in Ireland to contact us directly so we can give advice and support. You can contact us by email to noneuroute@psi.ie or telephone +353 1 2184000.

We are considering our process to recognise qualifications in line with the coordinated approach advocated by the European Commission. The PSI must be satisfied that the requirements in place for a pharmacist to register are met in the interest of public safety and protection. There are education, practical training and English language requirements.

The PSI Council at its meeting on 28 April 2022, adopted a policy position under the provisions of Rule 5 of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Fees) Rules 2014-2020, to waive the application fee for recognition of third country qualification in the case of applicants availing of Temporary Protection status in Ireland under the EU Temporary Protection Directive. On submission of an application under the Third Country Qualification Recognition process, applicants should include a copy of their document from the Department of Justice confirming Temporary Protection status.

Access to healthcare and medicines for people arriving from Ukraine

Access to supports and services have and are being put in place by the Irish Government for people who arrive from Ukraine.

There is information available from the Health Service Executive (HSE) about access to healthcare and related services in Ireland. The HSE is Ireland’s public healthcare service. Information is available in Ukrainian Медичні послуги для українців, які прибувають до Ірландії and Russian Медицинские услуги для украинцев, прибывающих в Ирландию.

Support for pharmacists and their teams

Pharmacists and pharmacy teams in Ireland are already assisting those who require medicines and health advice following arrival from Ukraine. The HSE (PCRS) is the key point of contact for pharmacists in community pharmacies and is active in its coordination to ensure availability of essential medicines and their reimbursement. Pharmacists can contact the Community Care Pharmacist in their area for further information. 

The National Immunisation Office has information for healthcare workers about the childhood immunisation schedule in Ukraine and catch-up with the Irish schedule, and advice on the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pharmacists may find this resource for medicines useful to support their treatment and care of a patient who has arrived from Ukraine. The IQVIA searchable database can be used to search for Ukrainian prescription medicines and their equivalent product (if available) in Ireland. It may prove useful in consultation with other reputable resources such as the Martindale reference text. As in all situations, pharmacists must assess the suitability and interchangeability of treatments, applying the necessary clinical knowledge, and ensure that relevant monitoring and referrals are considered for the patient.

The IPU has made available this English-Ukrainian resource for use in pharmacies to aid counselling and the appropriate supply of medicines and care.

Supporting Ukraine – effective donation of medicines and supplies

Having received queries from registered pharmacists and the public about supplying medicines and equipment to Ukraine during the current situation, we liaised with the Department of Health and sent an information email to PSI registrants in March 2022, outlining the most effective way of contributing to humanitarian aid efforts.

As part of its humanitarian aid, the Government has provided additional emergency funding for essential medical care items, including medicines and medical devices. This funding will help people within Ukraine and will assist neighbouring countries receiving Ukrainians who seek refuge, such as Poland, Moldova, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania and Croatia. Supplies of medicines or medical device are co-ordinated by the Department of Health and this is facilitated through the EU for a fast, co-ordinated response to Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

It is advised that the provision of medicines would be most appropriately managed through the existing authorised supply routes as described above. The best way to give immediate support is through a registered charity providing humanitarian aid such as food, water, shelter and healthcare. The World Health Organisation (WHO) encourages the donation of money that can enable charities to purchase essential priority medicines and to support the healthcare workforce.

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