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

The Minister's answer has made it quite clear that proprietary drugs are being prescribed which have an equivalent in the National Formulary and can be prescribed therefore much more cheaply to the taxpayers. In view of the fact that the price of prescriptions has soared and of the colossal size of our drug bill, will not the Minister reconsider this matter, which has been brought to the attention of successive Ministers of Health over the last few years?