Press Release

Minister Harris to meet European counterparts on drug pricing in Lisbon

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD will tomorrow attend a round table meeting of European Health Ministers in Lisbon on the issue of drug pricing.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Minister Harris said, “When I became Minister for Health, I identified the need to work with other countries on the issue of drug pricing as a priority. Our country has a great track record of making new and innovative treatment available to patients. I am determined that this continues. Securing access to treatments for patients at an affordable price remains a key priority. However, we cannot have a situation whereby exorbitant prices make it effectively impossible to access new treatments.

“I very much welcome the engagement taking place between EU countries on these issues. The challenges and opportunities in this area are common to all Member States.

“I want to ensure that Irish patients continue to have access to new medicines and treatments.

“As people will know, I have written to Health Ministers in the UK, Scotland, Canada and Australia asking that we co-operate on this in order to try to secure this drug Orkambi for all our patients and I intend to take the opportunity of this meeting in Lisbon to also highlight the issue of Orkambi and to seek co-operation with colleagues on this matter”.