From June 2014, for all new Long Term Illness Scheme patients, the HSE is changing how medications are approved under the scheme. The HSE has developed Core Lists for each of the Prescribed LTI conditions, showing the medication groups that are automatically approved for each condition. This is being done, for new LTI patients only, to ensure that the LTI Scheme is working in the same way in all areas, for all patients.
The Core Lists were developed following detailed consultation with Medical Officers, HSE Pharmacists and HSE Medicines Management Programme.. The HSE is satisfied that all medicines that should be necessary for the treatment of each primary LTI condition are provided on these Core Lists. Patients, General Practitioners and Community Pharmacists can view the approved medication lists for each condition below:
In conjunction with the Medicines Management Programme, the core lists have been reviewed and uploaded effective 1st September, 2016.
For people joining the LTI Scheme from September 2014, medicines on these lists are now automatically approved for each of the LTI conditions. This will make it much clearer for patients and health professionals what types of medicines are included in the LTI scheme for each condition, and will reduce the amount of administration for patients and healthcare professionals in adding medication to a patient’s LTI book. Where a patient has LTI eligibility and are prescribed an item on the core list for their condition, it will no longer be necessary to get approval on each occasion that a medicine is changed.
Where a medicine or product has been prescribed by a hospitals doctor or team, and is not on the automatic approval list, an appeal for a product to be added to the patient’s individually approved requirements can be considered, and will involve demonstrating a link with the patients primary LTI condition.
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