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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association says the Government accepts that its medicines bill has been “relatively stable” at about €1.7 billion for the past five years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prices across 750 medicines have fallen in a move that will save the Government €15 million on its drugs budget, according to the industry body Ipha. (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the collaboration would ensure  medicines could be sourced at an affordable price. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Patients in Ireland have not been getting access to new top-class drugs because of delays in getting approval and agreements on price, the body repres(...)

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