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Written Answers - Medicinal Products

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 459.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  when it is expected to make available the treatment known as Ipilimumab to people who have malignant melanoma; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23706/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The new drug for patients with progressive melanoma will now be made available. The decision is the culmination of a comprehensive technology review process within the National Cancer Control Programme which included the drug company submission, a clinical practice guideline from medical oncologists and a pharmacoeconomic analysis by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics.

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