Ireland signs up for cross border prescriptions

  • Minister for Health Leo Varadkar signed new laws on Sunday that allow prescriptions issued by Irish GP's to be used anywhere in the EU. 
  • Part of EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive, which aims to ensure countries work together 'in the interest of the patient'. 
  • EU had set original deadline of October 25th 2013 for member states to pass their own laws implementing the directive. 
  • Varadkar says scheme is 'a good example of why the European Union was set up in the first place'.

Health Minister's statement