Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (321)

John Brassil

Ceist:

321. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the findings of research undertaken by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics into the potential effect of broadening the health technology criteria for assessing orphan drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7690/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I am advised by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) that it periodically conducts and publishes peer reviewed research in the area of Health Technology Assessments.  This research is to ensure that the methods used are robust and are in line with best practice. More recent research has examined the methods used for orphan drug evaluation and tested a number of measures that have been used in other countries for evaluation of this group of technologies. 

The NCPE has advised that the research is due for publication later this year and that it would  be happy to share the findings once published.