HSE drug spend up
THE State's spending on drugs used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) increased last year despite the emergence of generic tablets.
Major savings were expected in state spending after Pfizer's Viagra went off patent in Ireland in June of last year. However, according to figures released in response to a Freedom of Information request, the HSE spend on drugs used in the treatment of ED last year topped €10.5m – an increase of €300,000 on the €10.2m spent in 2012.
ADVICE ON BLOOD PILLS
PATIENTS on blood-thinning medications have been urged to continue to take them as normal and to check with their GP if they have any concerns.
The advice from stroke expert Dr Ronan Collins, on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation, follows a letter sent to GPs from the HSE stating that high numbers of patients may be prescribed too low doses, leaving them at risk of stroke. He was concerned that the latest report is alarmist to patients currently suffering from atrial fibrillation who may be taking these medications.
THREE people have been arrested in relation to a public order offence on a train this evening, leaving two people injured.
Rail commuters were left terrified when a group of youths, all in their late teens, became aggressive on the 5.55pm service from Heuston Station in Dublin to Newbridge in Co Kildare.
€15M FUND FOR HOMES
SOME €15m will be provided to local authorities to turn 500 vacant council houses into family homes.
The move comes as almost 90,000 households seek a home from local authorities. The fund, announced by Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan, will be used to upgrade properties and will create jobs in the building and green energy sectors.
BOD AND SADIE A HIT
MORE people tuned in to watch Brian O'Driscoll carry his daughter Sadie around the Aviva Stadium than actually watched Ireland's Six Nations win over Italy.
The match pulled in average viewing figures of 672,700 with a 57pc share. But the numbers surged to 876,510 as O'Driscoll waved an emotional goodbye.
MAN RUN OVER BY CAR
A TATTOO artist is fighting for his life after being driven over by a car in Raheny, Dublin. Devin Singleton (23) suffered a fractured skull after he was mowed down by a car close to the Evenmore Ink Tattoo Studio where he works.