Use of generic medicines to cut costs for consumers

New proposals from the government will allow consumers to purchase cheaper medicines.

16th July, 2012
Use of generic medicines to cut costs for consumers
Bill will allow pharmacists to substitute expensive medicines for cheaper generic ones.

New proposals from the government will allow consumers to purchase cheaper medicines.

The Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 was published last Friday and will be introduced in the Seanad in the coming days.

“Currently, when a specific brand of medicine is prescribed for a patient, a pharmacist can only supply that particular brand, even when less expensive generic versions of the same medicine are available. The bill permits pharmacists to substitute medicines...

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