Doctors criticise 'postcode lottery' for infusion drugs

A postcode lottery for access to expensive drugs has emerged in Ireland, with leading doctors hitting out at what they described as geographic inequities that determine access to medicines.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
26th February, 2012

A postcode lottery for access to expensive drugs has emerged in Ireland, with leading doctors hitting out at what they described as geographic inequities that determine access to medicines.

Consultant neurologists and rheumatologists said major discrepancies had emerged in the availability of what are known as "infusion drugs" that are given in hospitals.

Consultant rheumatologist Professor Oliver Fitzgerald said that patients with inflammatory arthritis faced severe restrictions in accessing certain medicines in Dublin hospitals.

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