Written Answers - Drug Cost Statistics.

Thursday, 14 April 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 441 No. 3

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  76.  Mr. Dukes  Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   the cost of prescriptions to the GMS for the anti-depressant drug Prozac in each of the years 1992 and 1993; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  The cost to the GMS of the drug Prozac was £1,042,105 in 1992. The full year costs for 1993 are not yet available to my Department; however the cost for the first nine months was £628,107. I understand that the figures for prescribing frequency in the scheme indicate that the use of this drug has increased; however, because of a significant reduction in price in 1993, this increase has not resulted in a similar increase in cost.


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