Health: Botox

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what antidotes exist to combat an outbreak of botulism in the United Kingdom; and what quantities of those antidotes are held.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The department stocks a botulism antitoxin produced by Novartis Vaccines to be used in case of incidences of botulism within the United Kingdom. There are currently 76 vials of antitoxin in central store and 111 vials held at various holding centres throughout the UK.

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