Tuesday July 14, 2020

Cabinet to assess 20 drugs in 2016 under new rules

Ministers charged with making life or death calls

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

28th August, 2016
HSE director general Tony OBrien Pic: RollingNews.ie

Twenty expensive new medicines are expected to go to cabinet for approval this year, the Department of Health has said.

Under a radically changed approval process, the government now has to approve expensive medicines before the Health Service Executive (HSE) will pay for them.

New drugs to treat cancer, high cholesterol and cystic fibrosis are at various stages of the assessment process at present. The cumulative cost of these medicines is about €300 million per...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

As a UK study shows that people in black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are at greater risk of dying from the virus, we owe it to our minority communities in Ireland to find out more about how they are being affected

Arman Rahman | 3 hours ago

While in opposition, the Minister for Health had criticised aspects of the proposal for a private outpatient clinic at the €1.7bn National Children’s Hospital

Peter O'Dwyer | 2 days ago

Mary Bartley-Meehan’s solicitor says she rejects the claim that was issued on behalf of former health minister Simon Harris, which said Hiqa had engaged with the family

Rosanna Cooney | 2 days ago