High-tech drugs hub to be launched in Ireland

Currently, in Ireland, the High Tech drugs scheme is administered by the HSE through the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS). The PCRS is aiming to introduce a fully electronic purchasing and stock control system, called the High Tech Hub (HTH), aimed to be a “one-stop-shop” for pharmacies for all high tech medicine orders.

The HTH will implement a new streamlined process for ordering high-tech drugs whereby patients can collect their treatments from their local pharmacy, rather than from hospitals.

The expenditure for these medicines exceeded €600 million for the first time in 2016 and is likely to reach €700 million in 2017. The HTH will help monitor patient data, tracking prescriptions and minimise wastage and over-ordering.

The HTH will be phased in starting in December 2017, with a focus on IVF treatments.

For more information, see the circular email from HSE here.

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Published 28. November 2017 in News Ireland