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# medication - Monday 8 July, 2019

Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average

Benzodiazepine medicine use in women over 65 years is 40% higher than in men, finds a new report.

# medication - Monday 20 May, 2019

Clinical trials involving Irish patients 'saved the health service €13m' over two years

A new report published today is calling for a scaling-up of clinical research infrastructure in Ireland.

# medication - Sunday 10 March, 2019

'We are failing these children spectacularly': Row over drug with 'exorbitant' cost rumbles on Spinraza This post contains videos

'We are failing these children spectacularly': Row over drug with 'exorbitant' cost rumbles on

Negotiations, and clashes, over the price of Spinraza are ongoing behind the scenes.

# medication - Sunday 3 February, 2019

'You wouldn't tell a child they couldn't have chemo, but our son is being denied the medication he needs'

Parents of children with a rare genetic condition are fighting for access to a potentially life-changing drug.

# medication - Tuesday 17 April, 2018

Steroids and erectile dysfunction pills: One million doses of illegal medication seized last year

The HPRA has expressed concern about the abuse of anabolic steroids, which have side-effects including liver damage and blood clots.

# medication - Thursday 28 September, 2017

'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland HIV

'I'm most angry at myself': HIV positive people continue to suffer from stigma in Ireland

17% of people living in HIV say they have felt suicidal in the last year.

# medication - Saturday 26 August, 2017

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal Cystic Fibrosis This post contains videos

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal Exclusive

HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.

# medication - Thursday 27 July, 2017

'Patients are being put at risk': Funding issues stopping 20,000 people receiving 'life-saving' meds

The medication has been proven to help cardiac problems.

# medication - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

Cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be available in six years

The medication has shown promise in mice.

# medication - Saturday 13 May, 2017

Two boys fighting for access to drug that could help them keep walking

Two boys fighting for access to drug that could help them keep walking

Translarna, the only treatment for boys with a specific type of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, costs €400,000 per patient per year.

# medication - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Older people ending up in hospital due to inappropriate prescriptions

People over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of medicine.

# medication - Thursday 22 December, 2016

'There’s never a minute in the day I don’t feel pain'

Eleanor O’Farrell is one of the many people in Ireland who have fibromyalgia, often dubbed ‘the invisible illness’.

# medication - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

Man who raped woman and left her injured in laneway is jailed for 13 years

The woman was found “in a shocking condition”, the judge said.

# medication - Thursday 19 May, 2016

'Why am I on anti-depressants? Because I suffer from depression'

‘We’ve come on in leaps and bounds when it comes to conversations around mental health but we are still so ANTI antidepressants, it’s depressing,” writes Rosemary MacCabe.

# medication - Thursday 17 December, 2015

'There is always the chance of not waking up after a seizure'

Irish-led research could lead to a breakthrough in treatment for people with epilepsy.

# medication - Thursday 2 July, 2015

Poll: Have you ever bought medication online? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you ever bought medication online?

Irish people have been warned about the dangers of buying from unregistered sites.

# medication - Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Mindfulness therapy can be as good as medication for preventing depressive relapses

The alternative treatment helps patients learn how to respond more constructively to their thoughts and feelings.

# medication - Monday 23 March, 2015

'Disgraceful and dishonourable' doctor found to have over-prescribed sleeping tablets to addict

A fitness to practice committee found 11 allegations against De Mohammed Khan resulted in professional misconduct.

# medication - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Mother of Cork toddler thanks hospital for saving her daughter with rare diabetes

Medication designed for Ava has meant that she no longer needs an insulin pump and can now live at home.

# medication - Sunday 16 November, 2014

Now you can pick up your prescription while you're on holiday

If you’re in the EU, that is.

# medication - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Irish pharmacists say epilepsy and pain relief drugs in short supply

The Department of Health said medicine shortages are a global issue but it works with health professionals to avoid and manage them when they arise.

# medication - Sunday 14 September, 2014

Prescription charges bring in €120m but hurt 'most vulnerable in society'

Groups representing carers, elderly people and those on low incomes have called for a reduction but that’s not likely to happen in the next Budget.

# medication - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

14% of older Irish people prescribed 'inappropriate' drugs

One of the most frequently inappropriately prescribed drugs was aspirin – given to those with no history of brain or heart problems.

# medication - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Study: Irish people on medication still drink alcohol, even when they shouldn't

Researchers found that one in five people taking anti-depressants reported drinking heavily.

# medication - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Opinion: On medication, I function – off medication, I don’t. It’s as simple as that.

I want to put myself out there as walking proof that medication can, and does, work – and more that that, it’s vital for me to keep functioning.

# medication - Monday 16 June, 2014

New drug is "a complete paradigm shift" in cancer treatment

Nine Irish people have been treated with Ibrutinib thus far.

# medication - Sunday 8 June, 2014

No plans to extend Long Term Illness Scheme list despite not being updated since 1970

There have been calls that the new expert review panel for medical cards should match conditions on the LTI list.

# medication - Sunday 13 April, 2014

Pharmacy delivery service set up after people stop taking meds due to cost

Healthwave offers generic medications to members of its Health Pass scheme. Now, it delivers medication around Ireland to further cut down on costs.

# medication - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

People with asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol worst at taking medication

Not taking your medication properly? It costs money – and could cost you your life.

# medication - Saturday 21 December, 2013

All set for Christmas, but now you're sick? What should you take to help?

Confused about over-the-counter medicines? If you’re sick what should you ask for?

# medication - Saturday 26 October, 2013

A spaceship crash, near apocalypse, and six other major miscalculations and mistakes

You’ll be making sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s crossed after this.

# medication - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental health

Cuts to medical card allowances and social welfare payments have a direct impact on peoples’ the mental health – I know because I am one of those affected, writes Kate Bellamy.

# medication - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

One third of people are not taking enough of their prescriptions to cure them

This figure gets worse for people with long-term illnesses as a report found they are often struggling with the cost of their treatment regime.

# medication - Sunday 9 June, 2013

Men drink, while women take medication to calm fear of flying

More than 20 per cent of women have a fear of flying compared with just 12 per cent of men.

# medication - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Irish people warming up to generic medicines

The Irish Medicine Board expects lists of interchangeable medicines to be ready within two months of legislation on the drugs commencing.

# medication - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

Longer use of breast cancer drug halves the risk of death

It is expected that this will be recommended from now on and as the drug is cheap and widely available, it could have an immediate impact.

# medication - Thursday 18 April, 2013

HSE introduces preferred drug initiative to save €15 million in budget

The recommended drugs are for ulcer disease and high cholesterol which account for 15 per cent of the drugs budget.

# medication - Monday 15 April, 2013

Reilly urged to help make Lung Fibrosis drug available

The HSE is currently in negotiations with the manufacturers of Pirfenidone, which has life-extending benefits for Lung Fibrosis patients.

# medication - Friday 5 April, 2013

US court orders wider access for morning after pill regardless of age

The judge ruled that current restrictions requiring teens to obtain a prescription were “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified”.

# medication - Monday 25 March, 2013

Poll: Do you shop around for your prescription medication? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you shop around for your prescription medication?

The NCA has found that some pharmacies are charging double for the same drugs.

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