Primodos: Side Effects

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 25 September 2023.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has held discussions with Bayer on the potential effects of Primodos.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

Whilst the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has not had discussions with Bayer more broadly on the topic of Primodos and adverse effects in pregnancy, it has held discussions with Bayer on whether Bayer held scientific data for consideration by the Expert Working Group on Hormonal Pregnancy Tests. All data considered by the Group were published, and further discussions between MHRA and Bayer were therefore held to discuss whether the data required redaction of names or personal information prior to publication.

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