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01/04/2011

€36m Earmarked In Drugs Savings

Following a consultation process under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009, Health Minister Reilly is to reduce certain payments made by the HSE to community pharmacy contractors under the General Medical Services and community drugs schemes.

The details include: A reduction from 10% to 8% in the wholesale mark-up payable in respect of drugs dispensed under the GMS and community drugs schemes; A reduction from 50 % to 20% in the retail mark-up payable under the Drugs Payment Scheme and the Long Term Illness Scheme in respect of non-drug items, controlled drugs and fridge items; A 50% reduction in the Patient Care Fee under the High-Tech Medicines Scheme for months when medicine is not dispensed (fee to be reduced from €60.52 to €30.26). Estimated annual savings from the measures are €36m and approximately €24 m in 2011. The Minister has directed his Department to arrange for the drafting of regulations under that Act to give effect to these reductions as soon as possible.

(BMcN)

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