25th June to 11th July 2019

Posted on July, 11 - 2019


25th to 27th June

There was little activity of relevance in the Oireachtas this week. Independent Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan made reference to medicines access during European Council Statements,

while potential savings on biosimilars was referenced during a Sinn Féin Private Members motion on Home Help resources. Deputy Michael Moynihan of Fianna Fáil used the Questions on Promised Legislation to raise the reimbursement of Tagrisso.   

Deputies also laid pqs on Ocrelizumab and Spinraza.

9th to 11th July

Particularly notable in this the final week of Oireachtas business before the summer recess, was the amount of questions on medicine spending referred directly to the HSE for answer. It is normal for the Minister to refer some pqs to the HSE for answer. However, the amount and range this week is unusual. Those that were answered include the safety of T4 hormone levothyroxine sodium, the reimbursement status of Pertuzumab and an update on the Review of reimbursement process.