§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the current prices agreed under the voluntary price regulation scheme for Intal, Septrim, Bactrim, Aldomet, Gentamycin, Penbritin, Magnapen and Moditen.
§ Sir K. Joseph
Following are the prices of the main presentations. In relation to Bactrim, we have not yet completed our discussion on prices with Roche.
and the Committee on Safety of Medicines is concerned with comparative efficacy only where questions of safety arise on applications for licences. The publication of costings involves complex assessments of usage and presentation of drugs and I regret that I am unable to give the information requested comparing altacite with the other antacids of which there are over 100 used by the National Health Service.
§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what price is being paid by the National Health Service for methaquatone; and when agreement with the producers was reached under the voluntary price regulation scheme.
§ Mr. Alison
The price to chemists of the only product with significant sales containing methaquatone is 38p for 30 tablets or capsules. This price was accepted under the voluntary price regulation scheme in March 1973.