HSE Recommend Patients Switch To Cheaper Alternatives

The Health Service Executive have issued a recommendation that people on heart and blood pressure medication switch to generic, cheaper, drugs.

The HSE estimate that patients taking regular heart medication could save up to €200 a year if they used cheaper, but equally effective, drugs.

As part of their medicines management programme, the HSE say that around €4m a year could be cut from the State's annual drug bill if doctors prescribed the executives' "preferred drugs".

However, some doctors have raised concerns that making patients change a medication they are used to taking and trust, could cause unnecessary stress.


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