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White, Alex

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Fluoridation

Hydrofluosilicic acid (HSFA) is the chemical used in the fluoridation of public water supplies in Ireland. The cost of supply and delivery of HSFA and the quantity supplied for the last three years...More Button

Water fluoridation and the use of appropriate fluorides is a major plank of public health policy in Ireland in the prevention and management of tooth decay. In 2002 the Forum on Fluoridation, which...More Button

Other countries which have water fluoridation schemes include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Water fluoridation is less common in Europe, where f...More Button

Departmental Agencies Staff Data

The number of staff and levels of income and expenditure at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) for the year 2011 are as follows: 25 staff, income of €6.338m and expenditure of €5.468m. ...More Button

Pharmacy Regulations

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is an independent statutory body, established by the Pharmacy Act 2007. It is charged with, and is accountable for, the effective regulation of pharmacis...More Button

Part 6 of the Act sets out the fitness to practice functions of the PSI. Under this Part, a person may make a complaint against a pharmacist or pharmacy and the statutory process for dealing with...More Button

General Practitioner Services

The Programme for Government commits to reforming the current public health system by introducing Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. As part of this, the Government is c...More Button

Medical Card Applications

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possibleMore Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possibleMore Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possibleMore Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possibleMore Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Medicinal Products Supply

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill, the Irish Medicines Board has statutory responsibility for establishing and publishing a List of Interchangeable Medicinal Products. In...More Button

(a) has the same qualitative and quantitative composition in each of its active substances as each of the other medicinal products which fall within the group; More Button

(b) is in the same pharmaceutical form as, or in a pharmaceutical form that is appropriate for substitution for, each of the other products in the group; andMore Button

(c) has the same route of administration as each of the other medicinal products which fall within the group. More Button

In addition, the Bill provides that the Board is not permitted to add a group of medicinal products to the List of Interchangeable Medicinal Products where, for example, any of the medicinal pro...More Button

It is important to point out that generic medicines must meet exactly the same standards of quality and safety and have the same effect as the originator medicine. All of the generic medicines on...More Button

The Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 was published on the 13th of July 2012. The Bill provides for the introduction of a system of generic substitution and reference pricing. ...More Button

  Question No. 628 answered with Question No. 581.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

The decision on whether a bone anchored device is part of the appropriate management for a child's hearing impairment is a clinical decision involving audiological, ENT, nursing and other input fro...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

I have asked the Health Service Executive for a report on the issue raised by the Deputy. I will revert to the Deputy on the matter as soon as possible.More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Administration

There are no plans to reintroduce the indicative drugs target saving scheme.More Button

Under the Drug Payment Scheme (DPS), no individual or family pays more than €132 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost bur...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Review

I take it that the Deputy's question relates to the cost of providing free General Practitioner (GP) care to children up to one year of age. In the time available, it is difficult to provide an ac...More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

I am advised that the centre referred to by the Deputy is funded by the HSE. As the provision of capital funding for this facility is a service related matter, it has been referred to the HSE for ...More Button

Audiology Services

The HSE National Audiology Review Group Report, published in April 2011, made recommendations to address inconsistencies and shortcomings in audiology services. These recommendations are currently...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

The HSE National Audiology Review Group Report, published in April 2011, made recommendations to address inconsistencies and shortcomings in audiology services. These recommendations are currently...More Button

Medical Card Drugs

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possibleMore Button

Drugs Task Forces

The Deputy will be aware that in late 2011, a review of the future direction and role of Drugs Task Forces and the national structures that underpin the general drugs area was initiated. The relev...More Button

Medical Card Reviews

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

My Department has been informed by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) that it is in receipt of a market authorisation request from a manufacturer under the EU Mutual Recognition Procedure for a medici...More Button

  Question No. 667 answered with Question No. 581.More Button

  Question No. 668 answered with Question No. 560.More Button

Medical Cards

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button