§ 68. Mr. T. J. Brooks
asked the Minister of Health in view of the serious incidence of new cases of tuberculosis and the high 1206 death rate associated with this disease, what steps are being taken to import supplies of the drug streptomycin from the U.S.A.; and what efforts are being made for its manufacture in this country.
§ Mr. Bevan
I am informed that American production of streptomycin is too small to permit export to this country. Arrangements are being made with the Ministry of Supply and the Medical Research Council to set on foot the manufacture in Great Britain of sufficient streptomycin for adequate clinical trials.
§ Mr. Brooks
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the person who inspired this Question is already suffering in a sanatorium, and is very anxious to get this treatment?
§ Dr. Morgan
Will the Minister see that the testing of this excellent drug is done in a more widespread manner than is usually evailable within the offices of the Medical Research Council?
§ Dr. Stephen Taylor
Can my right hon. Friend say whether the American manufacturing firm concerned has revealed the method of manufacture, or have we to work that out ourselves?