US FDA approval would allow Amarin to pitch its fish-oil drug direct to the consumer rather than solely through the medical practitioner channel. File photograph: Getty

Shareholders tuning into Amarin’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Dublin on Monday had plenty to cheer them. Shares in the company have risen more th(...)

VHI will provide wider access to cancer drugs, including Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer. Photograph: iStock

Commercial rivals to the VHI say they have no plans to follow the semi-State health insurer’s lead by providing wider access to cancer drugs for some (...)

Ireland is, with France, the slowest of the wealthy western European states to approve payment for new medicines, according to a new survey by the industry.

Ireland is, with France, the slowest of the wealthy western European states to approve payment for new medicines, according to a new survey by the ind(...)

In February 2018, the European Medicines Agency recommended that sodium valproate not be used during pregnancy. Photograph: Getty Images

Mothers of children diagnosed with foetal valproate syndrome (FVS) are demanding a public inquiry into why they were not warned of the risks of taking(...)

About a billion packs of medicines cross the UK-EU border each year.

Drug companies have urged European Union governments not to close the door to medicines and medical devices approved in the UK in the event of a hard(...)

Sam Bailey from Rathcoole, Co Dublin, his father Paul, mother Fiona and sisters Kayla and Sarah, protesting  over the HSE’s decision not funding the drug Spinraza, outside the Dáil on Thursday. Photograph: James Forde

Access to medicines is always an emotive issue. If you’re a patient with a life-limiting condition, you’ll never understand why you cannot access a dr(...)

Spinraza activists protest outside the Dáil in Dublin. The drug is used to treat people suffering with spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

New generation drugs are better able to address the challenge of rare diseases, but many have yet to get approval for sale here, according to an indus(...)

Lauren Whelan (15), from Lorretto Crumlin who is an SMA sufferer with  Spinraza activists portesting outside the Dáil. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Drug company Biogen has called on the HSE to look again at the proposed pricing for the only available treatment for the rare but fatal muscle-wasting(...)

Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty Images

The European Medicines Agency must comply with the terms of the lease on its London headquarters despite the UK’s exit from the EU, a judge ruled on W(...)

Simon Coveney: “The challenges that we face are the fact that a lot of the medicines that would have been supplied into Ireland until now come either via the UK or from the UK.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has urged people not to stockpile medicines over fears of a hard Brexit. The Minister said the Republic h(...)

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