Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Mr  Varadkar  claimed pharmaceutical firms are charging the State ‘unbelievably high prices’ for lifesaving  drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Major Irish-based pharmaceutical companies have criticised Minister for Health Leo Varadkar over his claim that firms are charging Ireland “unbelievab(...)

“The potential remains to reduce public spending on pharmaceuticals, in particular patented medicines,” according to the commission’s recommendations.  Photograph: PA Wire

The European Commission is standing over a call for Ireland to reduce spending on patented medicines, despite objections from the pharmaceutical indu(...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: received representations by pharma lobbyists complaining about pricing policy.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the main lobby group for drug companies, insists it “stands over” its claim that 500 jobs we(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “The Minister is determined that the State will have the funds to ensure patient access to effective new therapies,” a spokesman said

The Government will use legislative powers to impose price cuts on major pharmaceutical firms for on-patent drugs if negotiations on reductions are(...)

The State has among the highest drug prices in the world, many reports in recent years have found. Photograph:  PA Wire

Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry has fired a warning shot against any attempt by Government to drive further cuts in the price of patented drugs.The(...)

Commonly used generics, which are copies of branded drugs which have come off patent, cost more in Ireland than in any of the other nine European countries with which Ireland is traditionally bracketed for price purposes, the study by US healthcare consultants shows.

The cost of generic medicines in Ireland is almost three times that in the UK, according to a major new study of international drug prices.Commonly us(...)