High cost of inhalers 'forces asthmatics to cut down medication'
AS hay fever season takes hold, asthma sufferers are struggling to meet the cost of their medication.
The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) has warned that the cost of asthma medication in Ireland is too expensive and puts "immense pressure" on people living with the condition.
Anne Cosgrove, CEO of the ASI, said that more needs to be done to reduce the financial burden of inhalers.
In a recent survey, the charity found that 40pc of respondents were not taking their medication as prescribed due to the cost.
"The financial burden of treating their condition is a massive burden to bear. Many families simply can't afford to buy their medication," Ms Cosgrove said.
ASI also found that 24pc of those surveyed said they buy their medication abroad.
"Our members report their medication is more expensive here than in other countries, despite the fact that we have the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world," she said.