HSE to tackle high cost of drugs

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has introduced a lower threshold against which drugs approved for use in the community drug schemes are now being assessed.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
13th November, 2010

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has introduced a lower threshold against which drugs approved for use in the community drug schemes are now being assessed.

The community drug schemes account for 85 per cent of the state’s expenditure on drugs, and the cost of running the schemes - which include the General Medical Service (GMS) scheme, the drugs payment scheme and the long-term illness scheme - has soared in recent years.

Dr Michael Barry,...

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