Arrival of biosimilars is expected to deliver savings of more than €100m over the four-year life of the agreement

The Irish healthcare system must do more to encourage competition by generic and biosimilar drugs if it is to cut Ireland’s drug bill and provide fund(...)

The prices of almost 1,000 commonly-used medicines have dropped since last August

A new price agreement between the State and drugs manufacturers is on course to achieve savings of €140 million in its first year, according to the in(...)

Where a generic medicine is a cheaper identical “copy” of a branded traditional small molecule drug, biosimilar are “me-too” versions of modern, large molecule complex biologic medicines

Switching from a branded biologic drug to a cheaper “biosimilar” makes no meaningful difference to patients suffering from a series of chronic inflamm(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the beginning of construction of the new children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Minister for Health has said he does not agree with a new practice that will see the Cabinet deciding on pleas for financial support for expensive(...)

Doctors and other healthcare professionals were paid €6.8 million by pharmaceutical companies in Ireland last year, according to a new report. Photograph: iStock

Doctors and other healthcare professionals were paid €6.8 million by pharmaceutical companies in Ireland last year, according to a new report. Compan(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Mr  Varadkar  claimed pharmaceutical firms are charging the State ‘unbelievably high prices’ for lifesaving  drugs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Major Irish-based pharmaceutical companies have criticised Minister for Health Leo Varadkar over his claim that firms are charging Ireland “unbelievab(...)

“The potential remains to reduce public spending on pharmaceuticals, in particular patented medicines,” according to the commission’s recommendations.  Photograph: PA Wire

The European Commission is standing over a call for Ireland to reduce spending on patented medicines, despite objections from the pharmaceutical indu(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “The Minister is determined that the State will have the funds to ensure patient access to effective new therapies,” a spokesman said

The Government will use legislative powers to impose price cuts on major pharmaceutical firms for on-patent drugs if negotiations on reductions are(...)

Dr James Reilly: Whoever succeeds him as Minister for Health  will have to decide whether we should be spending more on health. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

There may be lies, damn lies and statistics, but western countries still rely on the OECD to process and make sense of reams of comparative internatio(...)

Chronic diseases are frequently brought about by poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and lack of exercise. Photograph: Getty Images

Over half of premature deaths are now due to patient behaviour and social factors, while only 10 per cent are due to medical factors, a healthcare con(...)

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