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# Medicines

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# Brexit
EU set to change laws so medicines can flow freely between Britain and Northern Ireland
The EU has proposed changing its own laws to ensure the free flow of medicines between Britain and Northern Ireland.
# Procurement
'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.
# buying online
'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.
# Brexit
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.
# Tánaiste
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.
# No deal
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.
# operation pangea xi
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.
# food hoarding
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.
# cost of drugs
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.
# Shop Around
'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.
# new research
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.
# valproate
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.
# Illegal Medicines
Steroids, growth hormones and erectile dysfunction pills worth €2 million seized in Donegal
Over 60,000 vials labelled as anabolic steroids were seized.
# value of life
'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.
# Over the Counter
'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.
# Europe
Baby wipes, shower gel and makeup on harmful products list
The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has flagged around 200 items.
# Sleepy Dreamy Nighty Snoozy Snooze
Do you use medicines to help your child sleep? You shouldn't
It can be harmful, say pharmacists.
# abbvie
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”.
# popping pills
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.
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.
# Convictions
Unauthorised erectile dysfunction medicine leads to two court cases
A man and a woman were found supplying unauthorised prescription medicines for the condition.
# Drugs
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
Six deaths linked to oral contraceptive pill in Ireland
Last year, there were 273 seizures of Yasmin and similar contraceptive pills in Ireland.
# Nicotine
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.
# Acta
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
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
Illegal medicines worth €375,000 seized in Ireland as part of global operation
The seizure included more than 120,000 tablets and capsules.
# self-care
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.
# Health
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.
# Cystic Fibrosis
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.
# Acta
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.
# Medicine
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.
# Health
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.
# Medicine
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.
# Health
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.
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# Your Say
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?
# prescriptions
Seven out of ten nursing home residents given 'inappropriate' medicine
Cross-border research team uncovers potentially inappropriate prescribing processes.
# Medicines
Illegal medicines worth €500k seized
Ireland joined a co-ordinated international Interpol operation targeting the sale of illegal and counterfeit medicine.