Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
676. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health the reason a drug generally available to medical card holders has not been made available to a person (detail supplied) in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10820/12]
Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Pradaxa is available under the GMS Scheme, the Drug Payment Scheme and other community drugs schemes for the prevention of blood clots in adult patients who have undergone elective hip replacement surgery or elective knee replacement surgery.
The HSE is assessing the availability of resources to provide for the long term treatment with Pradaxa for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. This is a complicated process with long term implications.
The HSE wrote to all GMS doctors and community pharmacy contractors in November 2011 to clarify the position in relation to Pradaxa. The HSE will continue to update healthcare professionals in relation to the matter.
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