HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 cc229-30W
Lieut.-Colonel Corbett

asked the Minister of Health (1) what arrangements are being made for the manufacture of streptomycin in this country;

(2) what quantities of streptomycin are available in this country; from whence they are obtained; and what regulations govern the distribution of this drug;

(3) what arrangements are in existence for making streptomycin available for the treatment of cases of tuberculosis.

Mr. Bevan

Production in this country is being developed by three manufacturers, and delivery on contracts placed by my Department has begun. For the present we are mainly dependent on supplies from the United States. About 15 kilogrammes are now being distributed monthly to certain large hospitals where research is being done in streptomycin treatment of appropriate types of tuberculosis. The number of beds reserved for this purpose matches the supplies of the drug at present available and will be increased as these improve.

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