Varadkar under pressure to cough up for €437,000 medicine

Pressure is mounting on the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to fund the €437,000 medicine called Soliris, with patients exerting considerable pressure in the national media in order to gain access to the medicine.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st February, 2015

Soliris is one of the most expensive medicines in the world, and can be a game-changer for patients with one of two rare diseases.

Some Irish patients have access to Soliris, but the HSE has rejected applications from new patients due to the high cost involved.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactures Soliris, claimed it had offered the HSE a significant reduction on the original €437,000 price tag, but this has been disputed by a...

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