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# medicines - Sunday 26 January, 2020

'Affordable and transparent': HSE's new system for purchasing medicines to cost €1.3 billion

The five-year tender for a dynamic purchasing system will ensure good quality medicines are available on a timely basis, the HSE said.

# medicines - Thursday 14 November, 2019

'You don't know what's in them': Warning against buying medicines on the internet as over 350,000 pills seized

There has been a steady decline in the number of medicines seized in the last three years.

# medicines - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

No-deal Brexit fears: Health chiefs say enough medicines stockpiled to last till New Year

The HPRA will state that no major supply concerns have been identified to date.

# medicines - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Simon Coveney says people shouldn't stockpile medicines because of Brexit

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs was speaking to RTÉ ahead of Cabinet discussions for no-deal Brexit planning.

# medicines - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Harris tells public and pharmacies NOT to stockpile medicines for no-deal Brexit

The Irish government published contingency plans on medicines, transport and the Common Travel Area.

# medicines - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Almost 90,000 illegal prescription medicines, including 5,700 erectile dysfunction pills, seized

The seizure was made as part of the Interpol-coordinated Operation Pangea XI.

# medicines - Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Sandwich ingredients safe: Taoiseach rules out 'food stockpiling' in the case of a hard Brexit

Leo Varadkar says while the Irish government is stockpiling medicines, it has no plans to stockpile food.

# medicines - Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Ireland plans to work with other countries to drive down the cost of expensive medicines

Ireland is to open negotiations with four countries on drug pricing and supply.

# medicines - Sunday 20 August, 2017

'Oh, that's just the price': €11 difference in cost of same medication in two Dublin pharmacies

One man was charged 32c a pill for his depression medication in one Dublin pharmacy, and 73c in another.

# medicines - Thursday 27 July, 2017

Patients should be advised 'to stop treatment when they feel better' instead of full antibiotics course

Taking the full course doesn’t combat antibiotic resistance, according to a paper in the BMJ.

# medicines - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Epilepsy medicine linked to 'severe malformations' in children in France

The types of birth defects attributed to the drug included spina bifida as well as defects of the heart and genital organs.

# medicines - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Steroids, growth hormones and erectile dysfunction pills worth €2 million seized in Donegal

Over 60,000 vials labelled as anabolic steroids were seized.

# medicines - Wednesday 4 January, 2017

'Not fit for purpose': How an 'arbitrary' system decides what drugs get funded in Ireland

Within the finite resources of the health system, expensive drugs are routinely turned down.

# medicines - Sunday 13 March, 2016

'I am nearly 60, but I still need to work': New rules could see pharmacy assistants made redundant

A pharmacy assistant is qualified to provide cover and dispense medications when a pharmacist is not on the premises.

# medicines - Wednesday 11 February, 2015

Baby wipes, shower gel and makeup on harmful products list

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has flagged around 200 items.

# medicines - Monday 16 June, 2014

Do you use medicines to help your child sleep? You shouldn't

It can be harmful, say pharmacists.

# medicines - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

New €85m research facility supporting 175 jobs opens in Sligo

The Taoiseach said it was a further vote of confidence in Ireland as a “leading location for investment for the life sciences sector”.

# medicines - 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.

# medicines - Sunday 22 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.

# medicines - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Unauthorised erectile dysfunction medicine leads to two court cases

A man and a woman were found supplying unauthorised prescription medicines for the condition.

# medicines - Sunday 21 July, 2013

Shortages of key medicines is impacting patients' health

The lack of some anti-depressants, pain-relief medicines and eye ointments has gotten worse in the last 12 months.

# medicines - Monday 1 July, 2013

Six deaths linked to oral contraceptive pill in Ireland

Last year, there were 273 seizures of Yasmin and similar contraceptive pills in Ireland.

# medicines - Friday 14 June, 2013

Electronic cigarettes to be sold as over-the-counter medicines in the UK

Experts say smokers are at risk from the toxins and tar in cigarettes, not the nicotine that is in e-cigarettes.

# medicines - Thursday 20 December, 2012

ACTA is dead: EU abandons referral to top court for ruling

The controversial international counterfeiting treaty will no longer be sent to the European Court of Justice.

# medicines - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Tablet dump to help raise awareness of addiction to medication

In the past five years, benzodiazepine use has increased by nearly 40 per cent in Ireland. People are being encouraged to dump their old stockpiles of medication.

# medicines - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Illegal medicines worth €375,000 seized in Ireland as part of global operation

The seizure included more than 120,000 tablets and capsules.

# medicines - Friday 21 September, 2012

Group wants increase in number of medicines available without prescription

An expert healthcare group has said this should occur as part of a framework for self-care in Ireland.

# medicines - Monday 6 August, 2012

Sinn Féin: patients and taxpayers are being 'ripped off'

Further talks with IPHA about branded medicines are “imminent” but patients are still paying over the odds for generic medicines.

# medicines - Monday 30 July, 2012

Cystic fibrosis patients begin move to new €22m unit

The new specialised facility at Dublin’s St Vincent’s Hospital comes after an eight-year campaign to provide those suffering with the condition with better care.

# medicines - Thursday 21 June, 2012

Controversial anti-piracy pact rejected by key European parliament committee

The international trade committee has said that the European Parliament should not ratify ACTA next month.

# medicines - Monday 18 June, 2012

New deal means some cheaper drugs on the way, says James Reilly

The price of off-patent medicines will be reduced under a new deal agreed between the HSE and the body representing the pharmaceutical industry.

# medicines - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

Boots to cut cost of prescription medicines for customers in Ireland

The pharmacy says that it is to lower the cost of the majority of its prescription medicines which will save customers on average 25 per cent.

# medicines - Saturday 28 April, 2012

Pharmacists warn lack of vital medicines may endanger patients

The head of the Irish Pharmacy Union has said it is unacceptable that pharmacists and patients have put up with medicine shortages.

# medicines - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Breast implants scare to be discussed at Leinster House

Irish Medicines Board to give latest news on status of PIP implants with which at least 1,500 Irish women were fitted.

# medicines - Sunday 11 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads Sitdown Sunday

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# medicines - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Poll: Should cough and cold remedies be banned for the under-6s? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should cough and cold remedies be banned for the under-6s?

The Irish Medicines Board says over-the-counter cough and cold medicines do no good for smaller children and shouldn’t be given to them. What do you think?

# medicines - Monday 9 May, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

# medicines - Wednesday 6 April, 2011

Seven out of ten nursing home residents given 'inappropriate' medicine

Cross-border research team uncovers potentially inappropriate prescribing processes.

# medicines - Thursday 14 October, 2010

Illegal medicines worth €500k seized

Ireland joined a co-ordinated international Interpol operation targeting the sale of illegal and counterfeit medicine.