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Hard done by: Medical card holders told Viagra bill too high

Independent.ie reporters

Published 24/01/2012 | 14:59

A GREEN Party councillor is calling on the Government to reduce the amount of money spent on Viagra for medical card holders.

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Brian Meaney’s call came after it emerged €6.3m was spent on the erectile dysfunction drug in 2010, up €500,000 on 2009.

The Co Clare councillor said that given the current climate, the Health Service Executive should put limitations in place to ensure the drug is only administered in genuine cases.

He added that cheaper generic drugs should be used in favour of branded ones.

“If you put in the figure that the HSE pay per each dosage, it comes to over 800,000 individual pills that were given to people on medical cards” he said.

“That presents – I do believe – an extravagance.

“We have situations where we have wards closing down, community hospitals closing down, essential services being withdrawn – and we need to find the means by which we can reduce all costs, unnecessary costs,” he added."

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