Prescriptions (Proprietary Drugs)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

If a doctor considers that a proprietary form of drug is necessary for the treatment of his patient, he has the right to prescribe it, and I do not think it would be compatible with this right to seek to compel doctors to prescribe by approved names. On a number of occasions doctors have been asked to do this when it was thought desirable.