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Varadkar bows to Big Pharma on prices

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

23rd May, 2015
Leo Varadkar

The government has failed to start negotiations aimed at reducing drug prices, despite saying that it wanted a new deal to be agreed by June. 

The Department of Health admitted last week that negotiations with the pharmaceutical sector had not started, some four months after the health minister threatened to use legislation if talks did not deliver price cuts. 

Under the terms of the 2012 agreement that the government has with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare...

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