Medicines watchdog warns against ‘extraordinary’ FF proposal

Medicines watchdog warns against ‘extraordinary’ FF proposal
Professor Michael Barry

Professor Michael Barry said a bill proposed by Fianna Fáil, which aims to fast-track patient access to orphan drugs, would 'compromise the ability of the HSE to contain drug expenditure'

Legislation proposed by Fianna Fáil threatens “one of the most important mechanisms for cost-containment of new drugs in this country,” the medicines watchdog has warned.

Professor Michael Barry said the bill proposed by Fianna Fáil, which aims to fast-track patient access to orphan drugs, would “compromise the ability of the HSE to contain drug expenditure”.

Orphan drugs are used to treat thousands of rare diseases, which affect up to 8 per cent...

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