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The health service could save up to €1 billion in its medicines budget over the next five years, according to the group representing the sector. Photograph: Getty

(...). Medicines for Ireland says that the use of generics and biosimilars has saved the State €1.6 billion since(...)

Medicines for Ireland says the generic substitution and reference pricing regime has delivered savings of €1.6 billion to the State since 2013. Photograph: Russell Boyce/Reuters

(...). Medicines for Ireland, which represents the generics and biosimilar sectors that provide cheaper “copies” of(...)

The HEA has written to Minister for Health Simon Harris expressing its concern over what it calls the “biosimilar blocker”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

(...) sector says the Healthcare Enterprise Alliance (HEA), which represents producers of generics and(...)

“I would like to see a proper engagement around what the medicines budget is going to look like not just next year but in four years’ time, five years’ time.” Sandra Gannon, general manager, Ireland for Teva Pharmaceuticals

(...) generics business Teva – a company which barely had a presence in the State a decade ago – which now sells(...)