HC Deb 19 November 1940 vol 365 cc1855-6W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Shipping whether he will consider substituting in ships medicine chests atebrin for quinine as this is now manufactured in this country, which is regarded by competent malariologists as being superior to quinine, both as a prophylactic and curative agent?

Mr. Cross

I propose to issue to ships carrying doctors a memorandum which has been prepared by the Minister of Health in which advice is given regarding the use of atebrin, but I am informed by my right hon. Friend that atebrin is a drug which should be administered only under medical supervision and should not be included in the ordinary ship's medical chest because it is not suitable for use by unqualified persons.