HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 cc78-9W
96. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that some manufacturers of drugs which are widely advertised and expensive and for which there are satisfactory alternatives are urging medical practitioners to persist in prescribing their expensive advertised remedies; and what steps has he taken to end this undesirable practice.

Mr. Bevan

I think that the doctors themselves are well able to deal with this. As I explained in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Goole (Mr. G. Jeger), on 9th November any doctor who refuses importunate demands has my full support.

106. Mr. H. Strauss

asked the Minister of Health what proportion prescriptions of nationally advertised medicines bear to the total number of prescriptions given under the National Health Service to the latest convenient date.

Mr. Bevan

Statistics are not available in the form the hon. and learned Member requires.