Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Health and Children

General Medical Services Scheme

12:00 pm

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 162: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if a product (details supplied) is provided under the general medical services scheme; if there is a limit to the amount of the product which can be dispensed under the scheme. [44323/09]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Dublin Mid West, Independent)
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The product the Deputy refers to in his question is reimbursable under the GMS and community drugs schemes. It is a matter for the General Practitioner, in consultation with the patient, to determine the amount and the length of time each product is prescribed for. Good practice guidelines for GPs on the prescribing of the benzodiazepines class of drugs, which includes the product mentioned by the Deputy, have been circulated. GPs can monitor on-line their own prescription of benzodiazepines against prescription by their peers. In addition, the Irish College of General Practitioners has a training module on the prescribing of benzodiazepines in place.


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