Concerns raised last year over drug price deal delay

Exchequer unlikely to see any reprieve on prices until second half of 2016

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
20th March, 2016
Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure Pic: RollingNews.ie

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform flagged concerns about delays in progressing a medicine price deal with big pharma a year ago.

The existing price deal that governs prices for the HSE’s €2 billion-plus spend on medicines was negotiated in 2012. With formal negotiations on a new deal yet to start, the exchequer is unlikely to see any reprieve on prices until the second half of 2016.

In a letter obtained under the Freedom...

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