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Lawlor, Anthony

Monday, 17 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

I welcome the Bill, which is a commitment by the Government to make radical changes to all sectors of society. Something like this makes savings and makes drugs more available to individuals.More Button

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I commend the Minister on his successful negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry, the medical profession and the pharmacists. Currently, we are spending €1,900 million per annum on drugs and...More Button

We need to explain to the public exactly what is meant by generic drugs. The vast majority of people who will avail of this new system might not know what is meant by a generic drug. It is impo...More Button

The saving made by the new system is a key factor, but we must also be aware of the fear factor. A customer may be concerned if a pharmacist offers an alternative drug and may be worried that th...More Button

The Minister can review the list regularly every three years or more often. This is important. New drugs are coming onto the market all the time. A new drug may be an improvement on an existin...More Button

I reiterate what Deputy Regina Doherty said about anti-epilepsy drugs. With other Deputies, I attended a talk given by Brainwave, the Irish epilepsy association. Minute changes in generic drugs...More Button

I welcome the hard work done by the Minister and his Department on the Bill. This is something we should have done a long time ago. There was a fear that if we did something like this the pharm...More Button

I welcome the hard work done in preparing the Bill. The health service will get better value for money and we may be able to use the money saved in other areas in the future.More Button