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British National Formulary

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th December 1957.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Warrington 12:00 am, 16th December 1957

asked the Minister of Health, in view of the usefulness of the British National Formulary, if he will arrange for its more frequent revision and distribution.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

A revised Formulary is published by the British Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain at intervals of about 2½ years, and I understand that it would not be practicable to do so more frequently.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Warrington

In view of the very high cost of drugs to the country and the importance of this guide to medical practitioners, would the Minister consider issuing it at least every year?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

As the right hon. Lady may know, we have recently had the 1957 edition, and my information is that this periodicity is satisfactory. Having got the new edition, I think we had better wait and see how we get along.