September is when the modifications are supposed to go into effect.

According to the Department of Health, this could allow some people to continue taking their medication without needing to see a doctor for a refill.

Prescription extensions will not be granted for some prescriptions, and the initial prescription must have been written on or after March 1, 2024.

Prescribers, including general practitioners, are now able to write prescriptions for patients that will last up to a year, according to another recent reform.

According to the department, the actions are being taken in response to a group of experts' recommendation to encourage the expansion of chemists' roles.

It was stated that the adjustments would save money and give certain patients more flexibility while also reducing the number of GP visits for prescriptions and the strain on crowded GP clinics.

The agency went on to say that by extending their job, chemists would be able to apply their knowledge to improve people's health.

The use of prescription extension during the Covid-19 outbreak was hailed as "highly successful" by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), which expressed its approval of the modifications.

The IPU did, however, state that a plan to enable chemists to renew prescriptions in accordance with predetermined clinical standards would not go into effect until September.

"The true value of prescription extension to patients will only be seen when chemists are given similar clinical discretion," stated Derek Reilly, acting secretary general of the union.

"This will facilitate patients to seek an extension of a prescription directly from their chemist."

"Pharmacists are eagerly awaiting the introduction of this element of prescription extension and future recommendations" according to him.

Reilly continued: "The act of reviewing a medication and determining if it is clinically appropriate to extend must be funded appropriately."

"Implementation of any new schemes and the funding for these services" would need to be agreed upon, according to Mr. Reilly, as part of continuing negotiations with the Department of Health.