§ 11. Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Health if he will arrange that where drugs or medicines, such as insulin or liver extract, have to be taken over a long period, such prescriptions are to be issued free of charge.
§ 21. Mr. Marlowe
asked the Minister of Health whether he will take the necessary action to ensure that the insulin, 2171 needles, syringes and other drugs and implements required in diabetic cases are exempted from the 1s. prescription charges.
§ 18. Mr. Skinnard
asked the Minister of Health what percentage of the prescription forms dealt with by the pharmaceutical pricing bureaux carry a single prescription, and what percentage more than two.
§ 33. Dr. Broughton
asked the Minister of Health what is the average cost of National Health Service prescriptions; how much of that amount is dispensing fee; and how much the cost of container.
§ Dr. Broughton
Does my right hon. Friend contemplate making changes in any of these items of expenditure?
§ Mr. Piratin
Before the Minister introduces his regulation concerning payment for prescriptions, will he give consideration to reducing the average price of prescriptions, even if it means lowering the profits of certain firms?
§ 37. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Minister of Health what consultations have taken place between him and representatives of the drug and pharmaceutical industry in order to see how prices can be lowered to lessen the charge of prescriptions.
§ Mr. Gallacher
In view of the very great rate of profit made on some of these medicines, would the Minister consider publishing a statement giving in detail the cost of various popular medicines and the profits being made out of them?