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Doctors will have to prescribe cheaper drugs under new plans

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

3rd March, 2019

Doctors will be forced to prescribe cheaper drugs under plans being drawn up by the medicines regulator. They will also have to justify and seek approval to prescribe more expensive drugs under proposals being advanced by the HSE’s Medicines Management Programme (MMP).

Professor Michael Barry, who heads up the MMP, said immediate changes are needed in order to free up money to fund new drugs to treat cancer and other diseases. Barry plans...

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