Thousands of patients are being deprived of access to new medicines because the Health Service Executive has no money left to fund them this year. So(...)

 Swiss drugmaker Roche says Perjeta (pertuzumab) would benefit 1,000 breast cancer patients over a five-year period. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Hundreds of women with breast cancer are being denied access to a potentially life-saving drug because Ireland is deviating from accepted approval pro(...)

Since the prescription levy was increased to €2.50 in 2013, the number of long-term illness claimants has jumped from 72,000 in 2013 to 138,000 in 2015.   Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The €2.50 prescription levy has cost the State tens of millions of euro as patients move to other drug schemes to avoid it, a new analysis shows. The(...)

Respreeza is being  provided through a compassionate-use programme. File photograph: Getty Images

More than 20 Irish patients with severe lung disease are facing the removal of a “life-changing” drug within weeks following its rejection by the HSE (...)

3D illustration of lungs

More than 20 Irish patients with severe lung disease have been told they can stay on a “life-changing” treatment for another month while talks continu(...)

Nellie Lannen was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type one (SMA1) at seven months old.

The father of a young child with a rare genetic condition shed tears of joy after hearing news his daughter will get access to a “miracle drug” that m(...)

Graffiti on Charlemont Place, Dublin: the Orkambi drug which improves lung function and reduces hospitalisation would cost €160,000 per patient annually at its initial price.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The US pharmaceutical company that manufactures Orkambi has provided €15,000 in sponsorship to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, the charity has confirmed. In(...)

Orkambi graffiti on Charlemont Place at the side of the Grand Canal in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Negotiations over a potentially life-saving drug for cystic fibrosis patients are ongoing according to the Minister for Health, who expects an update (...)

Jane Keenan: “I inherited two bad genes from my parents”

Thousands of Irish people carry a gene that increases the risk of developing severe lung disease but many do not know it. Alpha 1 antitrypsin defici(...)

Protesters outside Leinster House calling for Orkambi to be provided to people with cystic fibrosis. Photograph: Collins

Many new drugs have become available to patients in the last decade. The majority of them are “biologicals”, drugs resembling complex natural molecule(...)

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