Proprietary Drugs

Part of 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 Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East 12:00 am, 16th December 1957

I have no power to prevent doctors from prescribing the drugs they consider necessary. But they have been asked to pay regard to comparative price when considering whether to prescribe proprietary preparations which are the equivalent of, or analogous in therapeutic effect to, preparations in the British National Formulary; and not to prescribe proprietary preparations, classified by Joint Committees of the Central and Scottish Health Services Councils as consisting of or containing drugs which, in the Committee's view, are not of proved therapeutic value.