VERSATIS PATCHES HAVE TO BE REINSTATED FOR CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERS IN IRELAND

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Versatis Patches are non opioid lignocane patches which are used for people suffering neuropathic pain and chronic pain.  This are a local anaesthetic which is not metabolized through the stomach. It has been available on G.P prescription in the Republic of Ireland for the past ten years. People with a full state Medical Card could use this product by paying a €2.50 prescription charge...this also applies to anyone with a long term chronic condition such as Diabetes.  Everyone else is oblidged to pay €144 a month maximum for all drugs they require. Up to last week this included Versatis Pain Refief Patches. They have been removed from both above drugs payment schemes....meaning that anyone who needs to continue using them will require a seperate prescription and will have to pay another €150.00 to just get this one medicine each month. Versatis Patches are used in the main by a group of people who are ignorned by the health services....those of us suffering from chronic long term pain.   It is not addictive.   Please help me to get Versatis Patches available again in Ireland.  I have suffered from chronic pain for 21 years.  I am not addicted to any drug and use all pain medicines under the guidance of a pain manager. Not everyone is as fortunate ...and they need to be able to avail of Versatis Pain Relief Patch through their General Practioner.



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