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Reilly takes on the pharmacists

Posted in Blog by saraburke on April 1, 2011

Late on the afternoon the day the long awaited bank stress tests were published (31 March), Minister Reilly took on his first public battle announcing further cuts to fees paid to pharmacists. Under the 2009 Financial Emergency Measures Act, the minister has the right to do this – and previous cuts under Mary Harney results in the pharmacy strike in summer 2009. So these cuts are on top of cuts ready made and seem quite a bold, political move just three weeks into office. (more…)

Good story in Indo on costs of drugs in Ireland

Posted in Blog by saraburke on July 12, 2009

See estimated over spend on drugs due to Irish government’s failure to negotiate lower prices on drugs. The HSE since 2005 have responsibility for negotiating this deal. The HSE claim they brought down costs with the 2006/7 deal by 35% on off patent drugs. However, critics including the IPU say that they failed to bring sufficient savings to the Irish public purse. Close links between big pharmaceutical companies and government must be a factor… 

Here’s the story which is lead in the Irish Independent on 14 July:

HSE blows millions on overpriced medicines

THE health service has been accused of squandering hundreds of millions of euro over the past decade by paying massively inflated prices for prescription drugs.

New industry figures seen by the Irish Independent reveal how manufacturers are being paid up to 18 times more for some generic drugs in Ireland than for the same products in the UK.

The figures indicate that up to €98m a year of taxpayers’ money could be saved on the medical card scheme alone if UK generic prices for some of the most popular medicines were being paid here. (more…)

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