Michael Barry

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Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group, and Catherine Heaney, chair of National Museum of Ireland, at the opening of the Irish Wars Gallery 1919-1923 exhibition at the  museum  in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Politicians have been told it “will be a shame, and shameful” if the tolerance that has marked the Decade of Commemorations is lost following the cont(...)

A mole within Dublin Castle was able to identify all 37 men in a photograph of F Company which reported to the chief of police in Dublin Castle and was involved in intelligence. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

The lengths to which the IRA went to target enemy intelligence officers in the War of Independence is revealed in a photograph album which has never b(...)

Campaigners take part in a march in Belfast city centre demanding same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The recent dismissal of a Dublin-based Presbyterian Church elder is the latest example of a particularly hard line taken by the church against same-se(...)

The cost of biosimilars is usually less than half that of the originator products.

Hospitals are being offered a €500 incentive for every patient they move off two expensive high-tech medicines and on to cheaper alternatives, in the (...)

Lauren  Whelan (15) from Loreto Crumlin in Dublin has SMA with Spinraza activists protesting outside Leinster House in Dublin in September 2018. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Health authorities in England and Wales have approved the use of the drug Spinraza, leaving Ireland, with Estonia, as the only EU states barring acces(...)

In many cases, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics  rules that new drugs are  not value for money at the initial price sought by the pharma company. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government and pharmaceutical companies need to fundamentally reform the approach to setting medicine prices, a spokesman for the major drug compa(...)

The cost to the State of replicating the move could be as high as €500 million over five years, estimates Prof Michael Barry, clinical director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics. Photograph: PA Wire

It could cost the State up to €500 million to provide public patients with wider access to innovative new cancer therapies in the same way health insu(...)

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 (...)

Liberian nurses carry the body of an Ebola victim in 2014. Vaccines were not available to victims of the epidemic, lobby group Access to Medicines Ireland says. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Spiralling drug costs threaten to bankrupt healthcare systems and deny patients access to essential medicines, according to lobby group Access to Medi(...)

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(...)

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