However, Galway pharmacist Brian Walsh told the Galway Independent that areas of the county are almost certain to be without cover as many pharmacists have already opted out.
"In Loughrea they have all sent letters, it's the same in Ballinasloe, Kinvara, Connemara, Claregalway and Lackagh.
It's more sporadic throughout the city, where pharmacies aren't as dependent on prescriptions or medical cards," he
warned that more pharmacists would drop out of the scheme, as "people have been burying their heads in the sand" and refusing to acknowledge that the HSE would not budge on the issue.
The Irish Pharmaceutical Union
is due to meet today to discuss the matter, but will be reluctant to issue any guidance to members, as one member of the executive has already been brought before the Competition Authority, accused of operating in a cartel when several pharmacies in his
area opted out.
said the HSE appears to have no contingency plan.
"Injunctions are their contingency plan," he