Drugs developed  by major pharma companies, including Pfizer, Amgen, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson’s Actellion business, are among those that have now secured approval. File photo. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ten new medicines approved for use by the Health Service Executive last week have been waiting for more than two years on average for sanction, accord(...)

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(...)

Pharmaceutical companies have rejected allegations that they are pursuing “predatory pricing” for new medicines. Photograph:  Getty Images

Pharmaceutical companies have rejected allegations that they are pursuing “predatory pricing” for new medicines. The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare (...)

Overcrowding on the first working days after this Christmas holiday was significantly down on 2017, with between 350 and 370 patients waiting for admission to hospital.Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Staff shortages and emergency department overcrowding are the top challenges facing the health services, according to a recently published survey by I(...)

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs entry points after Brexit. File photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans with the pharmaceutical industry for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said pharmaceutical companies might be “reluctant to commit to significant expenditure to address issues that may, or may not, arise”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Pharmaceutical companies in Ireland have called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to host a roundtable meeting to ensure the continued supply of med(...)

Simon Community’s Niamh Randall said “it would have been nice to see more measures to address affordability and security of tenure for tenants”. File photograph: The Irish Times

A number of organisations from health to housing to environmental groups have reacted to Tuesday’s budget with some calling it “very disappointing” an(...)

The pharmaceutical industry has urged the Government to introduce “predictable multi-annual budgeting” for breakthrough medicines in the budget process.

The pharmaceutical industry is urging the Government to introduce “predictable multiannual budgeting” for breakthrough medicines in the budget process(...)

Even though they are exported from Ireland for use in other European countries, five drugs manufactured in Ireland for the treatment of cancer and heart disease are not sanctioned for use here.

Five drugs manufactured in Ireland for the treatment of cancer and heart disease are not sanctioned for use here, even though they are exported from I(...)

The Health Service Executive says it has approved six cancer therapies this year and 24 since the start of 2016.

The Government cannot achieve targets set in its cancer strategy if it continues to block approval for a host of new generation drugs, the pharmaceuti(...)

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