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

As the House will be aware, it would require legislation to ban the prescribing of any particular preparation by reason of the provision of the National Health Service Act, which simply provides for the supply of proper and sufficient drugs and medicine. On the question of the cost of prescriptions, as I have already told the hon. Gentleman the Member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, East (Mr. Blenkinsop), the Hinchliffe Committee is considering this at the present time. Meanwhile, there is a voluntary price agreement of which the right hon. Lady may know, and there are, of course, the Prescriber's Notes, which are sent to all National Health Service doctors and should be helpful to them.