HC Deb 05 March 1953 vol 512 cc549-50
26. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made to ensure the production of adequate supplies of terramycin in this country.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Tablets and preparations of terramycin are now made in this country from material imported in bulk from the U.S.A., and are freely available for use in hospitals. I have no knowledge of any proposal to make the drug here.

Sir T. Moore

Does not it seem odd and somewhat stupid that we should be spending millions of dollars on importing tobacco into this country and yet be unable to find the necessary facilities to foster or produce the very drug that will cure excessive smoking?

Mr. Macleod

Quite frankly, I do not think there is much relation between the supplementary question and the original Question. One of the fundamental difficulties is that terramycin is a proprietary American drug, and therefore it is extremely difficult for me to take action to secure its manufacture in this country.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Could my right hon. Friend consider placing some of these terramycin tablets in the nonsmoking part of the Library?

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