Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 23 October 2023.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people who have experienced harm as a result of the hormone pregnancy drug 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)

As we announced following the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review, which covered Primodos, our priority is to make medicines and devices safer, and the Government is pursuing a wide range of activity to further this aim.

Our 2021 response to the IMMDS Review and December 2022 update explains the changes that have been put in place since the Review’s report publication, and the further action we will take to implement the recommendations accepted and to improve patient safety. This includes appointing Dr Henrietta Hughes as the first ever Patient Safety Commissioner in England to champion patients’ voices in relation to the safety of medicines and medical devices.

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