Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó
Caoláin T.D., has called on Health Minister James Reilly to intervene
immediately to ensure there is no interruption to the supply of the broad
spectrum antibiotic, Augmentin, to the Irish market.
“The Department of Health confirmed that an impending shortage of two strengths of Augmentin is anticipated in the months ahead, with a shortage of the 375mg tablet anticipated from November 2013 and the 625mg tablet from January 2014. Demand for this broad spectrum antibiotic is at its highest during the winter months and many health professionals have already expressed concern. Patients will be similarly concerned.
“This development is quite extraordinary in the context of Minister Reilly’s comments on excessive drug prices in this state. We have been told, time and again, that one of the primary reasons citizens here pay the highest prices in Europe for medicines is to ensure security of supply. This obviously hasn’t applied in this case.
“I am calling on Minister James Reilly to intervene immediately to ensure continuing and adequate supply and to put patients and health professionals at their ease on this matter of shared concern.”