HC Deb 24 July 1973 vol 860 c548W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the net increase in the price paid for drugs by the National Health Service for 1972 as a consequence of the operation of the voluntary price regulation scheme.

Sir K. Joseph

During 1972 price increases on some medicines supplied to the National Health Service in the United Kingdom were agreed to an estimated value of £2–6 million a year. Price reductions made on other medicines were estimated to have a value of £1–4 million a year. These estimates exclude the remuneration of pharmacists.