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Ireland still paying more for medicines than many in EU

New survey shows Ireland pays more for medicines than other EU countries

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

1st February, 2015

Pharmaceutical manufacturers continue to charge Irish taxpayers significantly more than they do for the exact same medicines in other European countries.

A sample survey carried out by this newspaper shows that significant price differentials exist.

The HSE is paying AbbVie €1,023 for two syringes of Humira, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In France, the same manufacturer is charging €834 – a price differential of €189.

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