Thursday February 27, 2020

A pill for every ill? Not any more . . .

New drugs are not being approved for use in the public health service, and a 'postcode lottery' for access to healthcare has emerged. Susan Mitchell reports.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

26th February, 2012
At first, doctors were allowed to prescribe the new drugs. Then the HSE pulled the plug.

The patients suffered from an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. Complications from this are preventable with detection and treatment by blood-thinning drugs called anti-coagulants. Doctors knew these patients might be at risk of a stroke, but they were unable to prescribe suitable medicines and unwilling to prescribe the only alternative.

"Our hands are tied. Potential stroke victims - and there are tens of thousands of them - are being denied best treatment," said...

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