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Warning over prescriptions

The volume of prescription orders in Northern Ireland has quadrupled in some pharmacies amid the coronavirus crisis.

Northern Ireland's Chief Pharmaceutical Officer made a plea for people not to stockpile medication.

Cathy Harrison said GPs have ordered double the amount of paper to print prescriptions.

Despite repeated warnings for people who need medication not to stockpile, pharmacies have been flooded with orders.

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer said the coronavirus has not caused a shortage, adding that the general medicine supply chain is flowing across the UK.

"However, the demand from the public for prescription medicines has been tremendous," she said. "In Northern Ireland some of our pharmacies are reporting more than four times the volume of prescription items."

Belfast Telegraph