Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (434, 444)

Brendan Ryan

Ceist:

434. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his views on the availability of the necessary quantities of Epilim chromospheres in adequate dosages in pharmacies, particularly for patients prescribed daily dosages of 2,000 mg or more; if his attention has been drawn to reports of patients finding it difficult to access the medication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16558/19]

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Clare Daly

Ceist:

444. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health his views on the situation in which pharmacists are restricted in the amount of chromospheres they are allowed to keep, with particular reference to the fact that such restrictions do not appear to be required in other EU states and cause considerable hardship to persons who require same. [16590/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 434 and 444 together.

The company which markets Epilim has confirmed to the Health Products Regulatory Authority that there is no shortage of Epilim products, including Chronosphere, in Ireland. Any pharmacy that needs more than its allocated stock of this product can contact the company to supply more. There is no restriction in place for this product that would impact a pharmacy's ability to meet patient needs.