New rules which will require co-ops and pharmacists to have a prescription to supply medicines from 2022 could result in a cost inflation of 200% for these products, Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) representative Darragh Quinn has said.

The pharmacist from Crossmolina warned the Dáil’s agriculture committee on Thursday that if the new rules were applied to all fluke treatments, sheep dips, pour-ons and wormers, it would make farming very challenging.