Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (142)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

142. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 468 of 22 January 2019, if the shortage of the drug has now been addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11334/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is the competent authority for the regulation of medicines in Ireland. The HPRA leads the co-ordination of efforts by national agencies and stakeholders to manage medicine shortages.  

The HPRA has advised me that the supply of Hydrocortisone 10 mg tablets has resumed to normal supply as of 19 February 2019. However some local issues may persist for a period of time as stock levels return to normal throughout the system. If a patient has any concerns regarding their treatment with this or any other medication, they should discuss this directly with their doctor or pharmacist.

The HPRA welcomes and encourages reports of medicine shortages from all stakeholders, including healthcare professionals and patients via its website, which also includes information on expected return dates of medicines and resolved shortages. 

HPRA website: www.hpra.ie/homepage/medicines/medicines-information/medicines-shortages.