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Deering, Patrick

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Medicinal Products Availability

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for choosing this topic. The availability of orphan drugs has come to my attention and has been mentioned many times in this House recently. Orphan drugs are drugs spe...More Button

While there has been a rare disease plan in place in Ireland since 2014, and the Joint Committee on Health has been dealing with this regularly, there appears to be a breakdown in communications....More Button

Will the Minister of State look at this again and whether the process of making these drugs available could be more streamlined if they are suitable? They should not go through this protracted a...More Button

Medicinal Products Availability (Continued)

I thank the Minister of State for his comprehensive reply. I welcome the initiatives commenced this year, in particular the review committee established in June but it is important a timeline is p...More Button

It is also important that these drugs are affordable and that the State is not in hock to, or taken advantage of by, the large pharmaceutical companies. Crucially, the people who need these drug...More Button

As I said, it is important the initiative announced earlier in the year is progressed more quickly such that if a new disease is identified and an adult or child needs drugs that will be of huge ...More Button