We're a small market that used to have the benefit (in the eyes of the manufacturers) of paying a premium for medicines, and thus we were a favoured site to offload them.. Now we're not so favorable, and still very small, and thus security of supply is becoming more of a difficulty. The last year has been crazy in this respect, with a major increase in absence of widely used meds being short for months at a time.. This is probably going to get worse..A number of drug suppliers have decided to ration drugs in Ireland. Over the past few months a number of drugs have been scarce in Ireland.
The suppliers are only giving the wholesalers a limited supply of certain drugs at the start of each month. If the wholesaler runs short during the month, they will not receive any additional stock until the following month.
The drug suppliers refer to this process as "drug allocation". There are a number of drugs that have already been allocated and the rumour is that more of them will be "allocated" over the next few months.
An example of one of the allocated drugs is Cerazette.
It appears that the drug companies are getting better prices for many of their products in other countries. There is also the whiff of revenge in the air because the Irish drug companies were forced to lower many of their prices last January.
In my opinion, in order to secure supply to this country we need to team up with the UK and share a common drugs market. .We've the same language (so same packaging requirements), and together have more clout in negotiating with Drugs companies... In my mind it makes complete sense..