Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (126)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

126. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to incidences where medication deemed to be available under the long-term illness scheme is not being prescribed by pharmacists in certain locations; if he will confirm that all medicines covered by the scheme are available universally across the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30266/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Persons suffering from prescribed conditions, who are not already medical card holders, can get free drugs, medicines and medical and surgical appliances for the treatment of that condition under the Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme.

The HSE Local Health Office is responsible for approving medication to be supplied to a patient under the scheme. A patient who has been prescribed new medication relating to their long-term illness must apply to their Local Health Office to have that medication included on the list of medication covered by their LTI book.

The list of medications provided for illnesses under the LTI Scheme differs depending on the individual and their illness and is reviewed on a case by case basis.