A PrEP programme for Ireland—starting 4 November 2019

The Government formally announced today that a national PrEP programme for Ireland will begin from 4 November 2019. While the number of clinics approved to provide PrEP for free through this programme is currently limited, the 2020 budget includes €5.4 million for a full roll-out of the programme next year.

PrEP users who meet the prescribing criteria and have a prescription from an approved PrEP service will be able to obtain their medication from community pharmacies for free.

Users will also need a PPS number and a Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) card.

Unfortunately only prescriptions issued from the start date (4 November) will be eligible for free PrEP. PrEP users with prescriptions issued before this date will not be entered into the system and will have to wait until their next appointment to be eligible for free PrEP.

PrEP will continue to be available for purchase in community pharmacies as now for those who do not qualify for the new programme.

Information about the programme—including details of the programme, the prescribing criteria, and the current list of approved services—is available at: sexualwellbeing.ie/prep.

We will be posting further updates as information becomes available.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems with accessing PrEP—including problems with getting a DPS card—please feel free to get in touch with us at getprep.online@gmail.com. We will do our best to help you sort out any difficulties you encounter, and it’s also a big help to know what kinds of problems people are having.

Andrew