State could make €75m savings by reclassifying drugs

The state could save €75 million a year if the legal status of certain medicines was changed, according to the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA).

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
7th November, 2009

The state could save €75 million a year if the legal status of certain medicines was changed, according to the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA).

The IPHA, which represents the pharmaceutical sector, wants a range of medicines to be made available without prescription in pharmacies and on general sale. The group is setting up a working group with other interested parties, in a bid to encourage the government to follow the lead that has already...

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