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(...)

Jordan Perez (11) has a rare muscle-wasting and life-limiting disease. He and his mother, Sinead, like many others, place their hope in access to Spinraza. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

There are no winners when it comes to a decision to withhold payment for a new drug. First there are the patients, often desperate, especially those (...)

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 (...)

A Government decision to fund lifesaving cancer drugs for the 221 women caught up in the CervicalCheck controversy while withholding it from other women with the disease will ‘explode in everyone’s face’, according to Labour TD Alan Kelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Government decision to fund lifesaving cancer drugs for the 221 women caught up in the CervicalCheck controversy while withholding it from other wom(...)

The course – which is delivered mainly online – has modules on clinical trials, regulatory affairs and health technology assessments. Photograph: iStock

Do you ever wonder how long it takes to develop a new medicine? Are you interested in understanding what exactly the Health Products Regulatory Author(...)

Elena and Costel Focsa with their daughter Cezy Focsa (11)  and Padraig McIntyre and Barbara Frow with their daughter Grace McIntyre (10) outside the Dail. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Two young girls whose access to a life-changing drug is due to end this week, visited Leinster House on Wednesday to plead with Health Minister Simon (...)

The report “also found that hospitals were unable to account for millions of euro that pharmaceutical companies stated they had paid them”.

Doctors, consultants and other medical practitioners will be obliged to declare gifts or donations from pharmaceutical and healthcare companies under (...)

Heel prick  test to detect PKU. Photograph: Simon Fraser/Science Photo Library

Families of people with PKU, a rare metabolic disorder, have expressed disappointment after the only drug treatment available was rejected by the Heal(...)

A new treatment for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will not be made available in the Republic, the HSE has decided.

A new treatment for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will not be made available in the Republic, the Health Service Executive has decided. M(...)

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