I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 to 152, inclusive, together.
The Programme for Government includes a commitment to establish a National Medicines Agency, promoting national prescribing to reduce the cost of medicines, including via generic prescription, where appropriate, and to set a fair price for drug reimbursement.
The establishment of a National Medicines Agency would require a significant body of work to be undertaken, to map out an integrated pharmaceutical policy function for the Agency and to consider the resources necessary for its establishment.
That work has yet to commence, with the priority and focus on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.