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Ireland in talks with EU group to bulk buy expensive drugs

Government could team up with bloc that plans to negotiate collectively to lower prices

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

20th November, 2016

Ireland is examining the option of teaming up with a European bloc that has started to negotiate collectively to lower prices with drug firms.

Minister for Health Simon Harris believes the move could allow Ireland gain new leverage and economies of scale as it grapples with a deluge of pricey new drugs.

Belgium and the Netherlands initiated the joint approach and were later joined by Luxembourg.

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