State to negotiate medicine pricing agreement with pharma firms

Discussions with the industry body IPHA are already underway, with formal negotiations expected to kick off next month.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
15th August, 2015
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) will be centrally involved in the negotiation of a new medicine pricing agreement with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA).

Discussions with the industry body are already underway, with formal negotiations expected to kick off next month.

A spokesman for health minister Leo Varadkar said that the state was using a “coordinated approach” involving the Department of Health, the HSE, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform,...

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