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Ó Caoláin backs call for epilepsy exemption in generic drugs legislation

12 March, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has backed the call from Epilepsy Ireland for new legislation providing for generic substitution of medicines to be amended to exclude anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) as happens in other jurisdictions.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“People with epilepsy are very concerned to ensure that the new legislation providing for generic substitution takes full account of their medical needs. Because of the special nature of anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) which are very precisely balanced to prevent seizure, generic substitution is not appropriate.

“Therefore we are urging that the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 which is at Committee Stage next week should be amended accordingly. I am submitting an amendment in my own name. I will be urging the Minister for Health James Reilly to take fully on board the serious concerns of people with epilepsy and to adopt this amendment.”

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Note to editor: Epilepsy Ireland will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children in Leinster House 9.30 am to 10.30 am this Thursday 14 March.

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