IPHA urges parties to mandate a New Medicines Policy for the first time

Patients should never have to protest outside Dáil for access to new medicines

As the general election begins its second week, the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) has urged all political parties to pledge to improve patients’ access to new medicines as part of their plans for health. 

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Half Of People Believe Cancer Is The Disease Science Has The Most Potential To Cure, Says Survey

Research, marking the launch of BioPharma Ambition 2020, shows:

  • Three-quarters of people would take part in a clinical trial if they were ill
  • Fighting disease, generating jobs and improving Ireland’s reputation are the top reasons for investing in medicines innovation
  • Investing in new medicines is important, along with funding more doctors, nurses and hospitals

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Ministers Co-Host BioPharma Policy Forum To Help Map The Future For Medicines

Two Government Ministers today [Thursday] co-hosted with the biopharmaceutical industry a Policy Forum aimed at gathering expert perspectives on the future for medicines innovation.

The event, ‘BioPharma Policy Forum: Medicines, Investments and Innovation’, drew some 60 leaders in industry, policymaking, research, academia, clinical care and patient advocacy.


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Irish Patients Wait Three Times As Long For Same Medicines Available In Other European Countries

‘Innovate For Life’ Conference hears:

  • Patients in Ireland wait an average of 843 days for 15 new medicines, against 289 days for patients in 14 ‘reference’ countries in Europe
  • Five of the 15 medicines are either fully or partially made in Ireland
  • Nine of the 15 medicines are for cancer 
  • Explicit ‘Medicines Policy’ needed to fix access and funding problems
  • Partnership lessons learned through Brexit preparation can be applied in other ways


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Seven In 10 People ‘Trust’ Vaccines, says Ipsos MRBI Survey For IPHA

New research, released at IPHA’s ‘Innovate for Life Conference’, shows:

  • ‘Worrying’ levels of uncertainty, especially among over-55s, about vaccines’ effectiveness 
  • Lack of information is the biggest barrier to childhood vaccination

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IPHA Backs Call For More Patient Involvement In Evaluating New Treatments

Patients should have a greater say in the evaluation of new treatments, according to the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the representative organisation for the originator pharmaceutical industry.

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Campaign urges public to visit their pharmacy to manage winter illnesses

The public is being urged to work with their pharmacist to tackle illnesses that are more prevalent in winter such as coughs and colds. The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) are making the call in a newly launched self care awareness campaign, entitled ‘Be Well this this Winter – Think Pharmacy’

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