A Co. Clare councillor says overspending in the health service could be reduced by curbing medical card holders' access to erectile dysfunction drugs.
The spend on erectile dysfunction drugs has increased by 13 per cent in the HSE West area that stretches from Donegal to Limerick in 2010.
The figures show that patients through the medical card system spent €1.42 million – a rise of €167,00 on the €1.2 million spent on the drugs in 2009.
The second largest spend on erectile dysfunction drugs was in Donegal.
Green party councillor Brian Meaney says this is one issue that's easy to tackle: