NHS: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2016 to Question 41350, when the monitoring measures will come into effect; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such measures on the (a) availability and (b) cost of medicines.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department is in the process of setting up the systems to be able to routinely and systematically monitor significant price increases of generic medicines from September.

The monitoring will not impact directly on the availability or cost of medicines. Significant price increases will be considered by the Department and will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority where appropriate which has proven an effective policy where unwarranted price rises are taking place.

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