Pharma Managers Series – Understanding the PCRS Schemes

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Date Thursday, April 28th , 2022
Time 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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“From prescription to the patient: the journey of medicines”

Join us on April 28th for a virtual breakfast briefing with guest speaker Martin Hynes, Clinical Governance Pharmacist with Lloyds Pharmacy

This breakfast briefing will give attendees a thorough overview and understanding the processes around drug reimbursement in the retail setting, the role of The Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) within the HSE, and how the schemes are administered.

During this event Martin will discuss:

  • the processes around drug reimbursement in the retail setting
  • the journey of medicines from prescription to the patient, through the lens of the reimbursement process
  • how patients can gain access to unlicensed medicines
  • the role of the Medicine Management Programme
  • the role of the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) within the HSE and some of the schemes they administer

Some of the PCRS schemes include:

  • General Medical Services (GMS)
    A free general medical service. Drugs, medicines and appliances supplied under the Scheme are provided through retail pharmacies.
  • Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS)
    An individual or family does not need to pay more than the monthly threshold amount in a calendar month for approved drugs, medicines and appliances for themselves or their family.
  • Long Term Illness Scheme (LTI)
    Once approved by the HSE, anyone who suffer from one or more of a schedule of illnesses are entitled to obtain the necessary drugs/medicines and/or appliances.
  • High Tech Drugs (HTD)
    This scheme refers to the supply and dispensing of High Tech medicines through Community Pharmacies.


The briefing will take place online and will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend the live event.  During his talk, Martin will explain the various schemes, how the entire process works from the prescription being written to the patient receiving the drugs and the processes around each of the various schemes along with an overview of the Medicines Management Programme and accessing Unlicensed Medicines.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.  


Martin Hynes, Clinical Governance Pharmacist – LloydsPharmacy 

Martin graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin in 2005, completing his pre-registration and qualified as a pharmacist in December 2006. He worked in support pharmacist roles with LloydsPharmacy in the Limerick area before becoming supervising pharmacist in LloydsPharmacy, Grove Island in Limerick in 2010. He completed a MSc in Healthcare Management from the RCSI Graduate School of Healthcare Management in 2013, commencing in his current role as Clinical Governance Pharmacist with LloydsPharmacy Ireland in In November 2018 and is a member of the PSI Health Committee since October 2018.



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Date: 28/04/2022