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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 14 February 2018

Media and Political Bulletin

14 February 2018

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Joining European coalition will secure cheaper drugs

The Times, Jennifer Bray, 13 February 2018

 

The Times reports that yesterday Simon Harris, the Irish health minister, brought a memo to cabinet proposing to open negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria on drug pricing and supply.

The health minister is thought to have said that securing timely access to new and innovative medicines is a key government priority. He is expected to have outlined how the challenge is not unique to Ireland and that many countries are confronting the same issues.

There have been two years of negotiations between the Department of Health and other European countries to try to access cheaper medicines. Mr. Harris should now receive cabinet approval to issue a “letter of intent” to his counterparts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria signalling Ireland’s interest in joining the collaboration between them, known as the BeNeLuxA Initiative, on drug pricing and supply.

 

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Joining European coalition will secure cheaper drugs

The Times, Jennifer Bray, 13 February 2018

 

Simon Harris will bring a memo to cabinet this morning proposing to open negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria on drug pricing and supply.

The health minister will say that securing timely access to new and innovative medicines is a key government priority. He is expected to outline how the challenge is not unique to Ireland and that many countries are confronting the same issues.

There have been two years of negotiations between the Department of Health and other European countries to try to access cheaper medicines.

Mr Harris will receive cabinet approval to issue a “letter of intent” to his counterparts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria signalling Ireland’s interest in joining the collaboration between them, known as the BeNeLuxA Initiative, on drug pricing and supply. Mr Harris will outline how joining will allow Ireland to explore opportunities to secure sustainable and affordable access for patients to innovative medicines in an era of high pricing by pharmaceutical companies.

Mr Harris will bring a draft bill to allow a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to cabinet next week. If passed, there would be a vote on the state’s constitutional ban on abortion in either late May or early June.

Mr Harris has said that if Ireland votes to repeal the amendment, he plans to pass a law that would allow access to abortion for all women at up to 12 weeks’ gestation. Beyond the first three months, abortion would only be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities and when the woman’s life or health was at risk.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 14 February 2018

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