Varadkar moves to tackle high drug prices

Mounting concern after Business Post exposé

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
10th August, 2014
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health. PIcture: Feargal Ward

Health minister Leo Varadkar plans to bring radical new proposals to cabinet that will enable him to join forces with other EU countries in trying to negotiate cheaper prices for new medicines.

He will seek cabinet approval to draft the necessary legislation when it meets in September.

Varadkar is also considering proposals that would force drug companies to tender to supply medicines to the health service. In a statement, his office said this would be...

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