Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Ceisteanna (155)

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

201 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children if it is proposed to have essential oils included under the medical card scheme; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that certain conditions can be alleviated by the use of essential oils; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2056/11]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

Suppliers of drugs, medicines and medical and surgical appliances can apply to the HSE for products to be reimbursed under the General Medical Services (GMS) Scheme and the community drugs schemes. In order for a medicinal product to be considered for reimbursement it must meet specified criteria. These include the following:

The product must be a medicinal product authorised by the Irish Medicines Board or the European Commission.

The product must be such that it is ordinarily supplied to the public only on foot of a medical prescription.

The product should not be advertised or promoted to the public.

The products referred to by the Deputy do not meet the above criteria.