Dáil Éireann - Volume 611 - 06 December, 2005

Written Answers. - Drugs Payment Scheme.

  211. Mr. Deenihan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the reason vitamin B12 was removed from the drugs refund scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38043/05]

  Ms Harney: Vitamin B12 was removed from the common list of reimbursable drugs and medicines as the manufacturers of the product advised my Department that due to problems in the manufacturing process it had become temporarily unavailable both in Ireland and the UK. I have had inquiries made in the matter and I understand that there is an alternative product available in community pharmacies for people who have been prescribed the original product.