§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what study he has made of the extent to which Section 96 of the Medicines Act is being implemented, and data sheets are being issued on drugs advertised either by direct mailing or in journals; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alison
At present Section 96 has effect only in respect of the limited number of medicinal products which have come on to the market since 1st September, 1971. We have no reason to believe that it is not being implemented in respect of the advertising of such products by direct mailing to practitioners. It does not relate to advertising in journals or other publications not sent directly to a practitioner by or at the instance of the licence holder, manufacturer or wholesaler concerned.