Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (681)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

681. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the assessment on the provision of a drug (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18650/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medicines.

As Minister for Health, I do not have any statutory power or function in relation to the reimbursement of medicines.

I am advised by the HSE that the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics has not received a submission from the applicant company to date. The submission of a dossier by the applicant company is the next required step. Unless the dossier is submitted by the applicant, it will not be possible to progress this application.

Details in relation to the commissioned assessment and previous assessments of this medicine are available on the NCPE website.