According to the Journal I.E., Irish parents are being denied access to a range of different cancer and heart disease medicines because the drugs are still awaiting approval to be used in the Irish system. According to figures published by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), ten medicines cannot be used here because they have been working through the approvals process for more than two years. All of the medicines have gone through assessments to measure their clinical effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness. Seven of the drugs are cancer medicines, two are for cardiovascular disease and one is a musculoskeletal treatment.
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