Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Department of Health
Long-Term Illness Scheme
470. To ask the Minister for Health if he will backdate the period of reimbursement for the medication Fampyra on the Long Term Illness Scheme to cover the period that began when users finished the trial when it was issued to them at no cost and ending on 1 October 2015, in order that patients who paid for the medication personally will be reimbursed the considerable cost of it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45318/15]
As you are aware, Fampridine (brand name Fampyra®) has been reimbursed under the Long Term Illness Scheme on a conditional, responder-only basis since 1 October 2015.
It is not possible to reimburse patients retrospectively for any medicine purchased before that medicine is added to the HSE's List of Reimbursable Items.
471. To ask the Minister for Health why the Health Service Executive is not covering the cost of Fampyra under the Long Term Illness Scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Sligo despite it being prescribed by that person's clinician; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45319/15]
As the particular issue raised relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to you. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.