Pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb is to provide a life-saving new cancer drug on a compassionate basis to Irish patients for another month. File photograph: Getty Images

The makers of a life-saving new cancer drug are to provide it on a compassionate basis to Irish patients for another month. Pharmaceutical giant Bris(...)

Difficult decisions about funding new developments in healthcare have always existed. Medical breakthroughs are welcome and will continue to pose fund(...)

Kay Barry, from Limerick: “In my case I think the combination of surgery and pembro kept me alive and is giving me a good quality of life. My oncologist Derek Power in Cork is happy with my progress.”

Every three weeks Kay Barry travels from her home in Limerick to the cancer centre in Cork University Hospital, where she spends half an hour receivin(...)

Lyndsay and Paul Price, with their children, James (13) Alex (8) and Andrew (5), in Shankill, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For most parents, the heel prick test is one of those forgettable, standard procedures that their newborn baby goes through during the early, hazy day(...)

Orkambi, a new  drug for treating cystic fibrosis, is likely to be made available to those patients who will benefit from it, an expert has said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A new €160,000 drug that cystic fibrosis campaigners have described as a “game changer” is likely to be made available to those patients who will bene(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  bottom line was there was no extra provision for high-tech drug scheme. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Decisions on the reimbursement of the cost of medicines were neither political nor ministerial, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He said they were mad(...)

Jillian McNulty, who suffers from cystic fibrosis,  has called on the HSE to fund the Orkambi which is used to treat the underlying causes of the disease.

An Irish woman suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF) has called on the HSE and the Government to fund the Orkambi drug which is used to treat the underl(...)

The HSE confirmed at the weekend that it was examining a new GP initiative. Photograph: Getty Images

The Health Service Executive is considering a new scheme of incentives to GPs to encourage more cost-efficient prescribing of drugs. The HSE has t(...)

Patients have been paying up to €500 a month for Fampridine from their own resources. Photograph: Getty Images

The Health Service Executive has agreed to fund on a limited basis the cost of a drug that helps people with multiple sclerosis to walk. The announcem(...)

Viagra: originally studied for the heart condition angina. Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

Upcycling has gradually been taking over the fashion world. Now the pharmaceutical industry seems to be doing the same: taking an old item and putting(...)

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