Deal or no deal on drugs?

The Department of Health and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association are at odds on the amount of savings a new drugs deal will offer

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st July, 2016

The two parties to the state’s medicines deal have trumpeted different figures when it comes to savings the new deal will supposedly generate. Why?

The new pricing agreement between the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) and the state covers the supply of medicines to hospitals and for patients with medical cards and others on state drug schemes.

The state spends just under €2 billion a year on medicines that are dispensed to these...

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