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Offaly Rep Queries Why Viagra Can Be Bought On Medical Card But Not Pregnancy Medication

The drug Cariban can cost up to €50 per week.

It's ironic that men can get Viagra on a medical card but women can't get medication for a very serious pregnancy illness. 

That's the view of Offaly Ken Smollen, who says the HG drug Cariban can cost up to €50 per week because it's considered to be a food supplement. 

HG or Hyperemesis Gravidarum is characterised by severe vomiting during pregnancy, up to 50 times a day and often leading to hospitalisation. 

The independent rep says the Health Minister called for Cariban to be available on the medical card when he was in opposition, but has yielded no results since:

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