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Potions, Lotions and Health Promotion to be examined at final RCSI MiniMed lecture

26 March 2014

Brown Bag pharmacy event to run parallel to free public talks

The 2013/2014 RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) MiniMed Open Lecture Series concludes tonight, Wednesday 26th March. These closing lectures will discuss ‘What can my Pharmacist do for me?' and will also focus on Generic medicines and Internet pharmacies. These talks, free of charge to the public will take place from 7pm to 9pm and will be held in RCSI, 123 St. Stephen's Green.

Professor Paul Gallagher, Head of the RCSI School of Pharmacy, will give the opening talk of the evening with a lecture entitled ‘Potions, Lotions and Health Promotion - What can my Pharmacist do for me?'. Speaking ahead of the RCSI MiniMed lecture, Professor Gallagher said, ‘The role of the pharmacist in modern healthcare delivery is changing and there is a growing acceptance of the need to shift the model of healthcare toward service delivery in the primary care setting. Pharmacists are a relatively under-utilised resource in the community whose expertise, if properly exploited, could make a valuable contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of the Irish people and their families. We will also provide some key information to the public in regards to generic medicines and internet pharmacies.'

The second MiniMed lecture of the night will cover two topical pharmaceutical subjects Generic medicines and Internet pharmacies. This lecture will be given by Matthew Lynch MPSI, Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, RCSI. A pharmacy ‘Brown Bag' event will run parallel to the second lecture at the College. This will allow (pre-registered) members of the public to bring all of their medication and supplements to an appointment with an RCSI pharmacist. The pharmacist will sit down with each participant and review the medication they are taking and give some advice.

Speaking on the Brown Bag medicine review event, Professor Gallagher continued, ‘The aim of such an event is, ultimately to improve participants' understanding of their medicines, answer any questions they have and improve communication and the relationship between patients and their pharmacist.'

The RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series is free of charge; however registration is essential in order to guarantee a place. Previous lecture series have attracted widespread public interest with demand for places far outstripping availability. Register online at and you can join the conversation online, on the night, on Twitter at #RCSIMiniMed. To view previous RCSI MiniMed lectures from the last series on the RCSI YouTube channel at

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