HC Deb 05 December 1955 vol 547 c11W
Mr. Wade

asked the Minister of Health what consultations he had with the Medical Research Council before deciding that cortisone should be freely prescribed under the National Health Service; and what advice he received.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Medical Research Council has conducted trials of the drug, and was aware of the intention to release it for general prescribing when supplies permitted. Advice from the Council on the use and characteristics of the drug is incorporated in notes which have been sent to doctors. I am sending a copy of these notes to the hon. Member.