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Kelleher, Billy

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Continued)

I support what Deputy Murphy has said. We have met with various organisations which represent and advocate on behalf of people with epilepsy. We have met individuals who have epilepsy and for who...More Button

Most Deputies welcome the Bill and recognise the need to move to generic substitution, where possible, to reduce the burden on the taxpayer. It is only in this context that a grouping has come t...More Button

Deputy Murphy has spoken for all of us in highlighting the issue. When we met representative organisations and individuals, what was striking was the fear. If the legislation is passed without ...More Button

I urge the Minister of State to accept the amendments.More Button

I too am surprised and disappointed. The Minister of State's response is an indication in itself as to why he should accept these amendments. People with epilepsy need continuity and certainty. ...More Button

Other countries and the Moran report have recommended that there be an exemption in regard to interchangeability.More Button

Yes, it does. It states quite clearly that AEDs should not be subject to generic substitution or change. If there is to be interchangeability and substitutions, it is quite clear there will be an...More Button

Even at this late stage, I ask the Minister of State to understand why we are pressing these amendments. We are doing so solely to give certainty to many people who have great concerns about thi...More Button

Can I discuss it further?More Button

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

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

I am pressing it.More Button

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

I move amendment No. 3:More Button

I am not being repetitious or idly talking to highlight this issue which is critically important. Epilepsy Ireland has stated:More Button

For all of that, the Minister is not saving any money. There will be very few savings in the area of anti-epilepsy drugs, AEDs. There will be beneficial savings in other areas. I have tabled ame...More Button

Obviously, the Minister knows as much or more about it in that context.More Button

Yes, but the point-----More Button

I can get clarity on that in the next few minutes, but the point being made is that the Irish Medicines Board will not be obliged by this legislation to exempt the drugs from interchangeability. T...More Button

Or to include them, yes. The point I am making is that this amendment, in effect, would remove that concern. I urge the Minister to accept it.More Button

Money Advice and Budgeting Service Remit

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the role of the Money Advisory Bureau under the new personal insolvency regime; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will expedite the medical referee decision on disability benefit for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cochlear Implants

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress made on the introduction of a bilateral cochlear implant programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Happy New Ear campaign; when this meeting will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason there was no consultant in emergency medicine on duty at the Mercy University Hospital Cork on 22 March 2013; the reason the Mercy University Hospital Cork came off call, which resulted ...More Button