Patients may be denied life-saving medicine

One of the country’s leading cancer specialists has warned that Irish patients and doctors may soon be denied access to expensive life-saving and life-prolonging medicine.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
3rd February, 2007

One of the country’s leading cancer specialists has warned that Irish patients and doctors may soon be denied access to expensive life-saving and life-prolonging medicine.

Professor John Crown of St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin said the Health Service Executive (HSE) had instigated measures aimed at restricting the availability of drugs to patients due to their cost. ‘‘I tried to prescribe a new drug to a patient of mine who had kidney cancer,”...

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