Questions Nos. 188 and 189 answered with Question No. 158.

Question No. 190 answered with Question No. 163.

Medicinal Products Availability

Ceisteanna (191)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

191. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health when an oncology medicine (details supplied) will be made available to persons awaiting treatment for lung cancer; the reason for the delay in making the medicine available to persons and their clinicians in view of the fact that it has been approved and made available in over 20 European countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7706/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

In reaching a decision, the HSE examines all the evidence which may be relevant in its view for the decision and will take into account such expert opinions and recommendations which may have been sought by the HSE, including, for example, advice from the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE).

This process ensures that only treatments that are clinical and cost effective are reimbursed. In circumstances where the company has failed to demonstrate the clinical benefit to support the price they are seeking for their treatment, the HSE reaches a decision not to reimburse the medicine.

The NCPE Health Technology Assessment of Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) was completed in October 2017. The NCPE did not recommend Pembrolizumab for reimbursement as it was not deemed cost effective.

Until such time as the process has concluded and a formal decision has been communicated to the manufacturer, the application for reimbursement remains under consideration.

HSE Staff

Ceisteanna (192, 193, 194, 195)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

192. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) has been hired or contracted by the HSE; and if so, the title, role and length of contract. [7751/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

193. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) has use of a site on the executive floor of a HSE office. [7752/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

194. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health the amount a person (details supplied) has been paid by the HSE since June 2017. [7753/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

195. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health if the services being provided by a person (details supplied) were put up for public tender. [7754/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 192 to 195, inclusive, together.

I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on these matters.