27 January 2017

Ireland’s Sunday World reports

Today’s Sun says that Oireachtas Committee on Health (OCH) is recommending to Minister for Health Simon Harris that helpful cannabis medicine be made as easily available as possible to those that need it.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has yet to rule on cannabis-based treatments but if they give the nod then the OCH wants the drugs on the market as soon as possible.

They also want these drugs included under the HSE’s scheme to cover those with long-term illnesses so that patients don’t have to fork out for medicine such as the cannabis oil treatment that has hugely helped youngster Tristan Cahalane.

The report goes on to say that even if the HPRA rules against the use of the treatments, the OCH want to look at other ways to get cannabis oil to those who need it.

https://www.sundayworld.com/news/dail-committee-recommends-state-pays-for-cannabis-medication

Also reported in The Liberal.ie

The Oireachtas Health Committee has recently proposed that all medicinal cannabis should be free of charge to the Irish public once it is fully legalised later this year.

The committee’s recommendation comes after the Dáil unanimously passed a new Bill before Christmas that will medicinal cannabis being made legal in Ireland this April.

Speaking before the Seanad today the health committee suggested that certain cannabidiol products, such as Charlotte’s Web and Epidiolex, should made available free of charge to patients as the drugs are relatively cost effective.

Although, the committee strongly agreed that any cannabidiol product should be approved by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), before they are made available to patients.

http://theliberal.ie/health-committee-calls-on-the-state-to-make-medicinal-cannabis-available-free-of-charge-to-patients/

Committee of Health Home Page ( As of 27 January 2017) The Report not available online

http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/oireachtasbusiness/committees_list/health/