One-quarter of new medicines introduced into the Irish market are rejected for re-imbursement under the State-funded drug schemes, a conference has heard. Image: Getty.

One-quarter of new medicines introduced into the Irish market are rejected for reimbursement under the State-funded drug schemes, a conference has hea(...)

Denis Naughten, TD, believes Ireland should be a pilot country for State-funded multiple sclerosis drug. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Health Service Executive has rejected a second application from the makers of a drug that helps people with multiple sclerosis to walk to have it(...)

Hepatitis C virus. Photograph: Getty Images

New combination treatments that can cure the vast majority of hepatitis C patients could be available to Irish patients within(...)

Prof Michael Barry said hospital pharmacists could play a key role in helping to tackle the issues caused by poor quality prescribing of NOACs, as highlighted in his letter to GPs last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hospital pharmacists have called for an enhanced role in the prescription management of novel anticoagulants (NOACs), blood-th(...)

Healthcare rationing

The decision of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) to recommend the Health Service Executive does not approve the use of two new cancer (...)

Prof John Crown, who said the decision not to make crizotinib available on the high tech drugs scheme “a really big mistake”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Two new cancer treatments should not be made available to Irish patients, the body charged with assessing the cost effectiveness of medicines has rul(...)

The practice of routinely vaccinating all children against tuberculosis may be reviewed in the light of an evaluation which suggests selective vaccina(...)

Up to 50 per cent of patients with serious long-term medical conditions do not take their medication or take it incorrectly, a roundtable event on med(...)

Dr James Reilly: expected to approve the drug pirfenidoneone for HSE reimbursement. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health James Reilly is expected to approve the drug pirfenidone for suffers of a rare form of lung disease despite concerns over its cost(...)

 Dr James Reilly has been urged to reconsider making the drug pirfenidone availble to sufferers of a rare form of lung disease. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health James Reilly has been urged to reconsider the decision of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics(...)