HC Deb 22 May 1973 vol 857 c40W
41. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take action to safeguard wholesale chemists against possible losses incurred in relation to their stocks of Librium and Valium made by Roche Products Limited as a result of Statutory Instrument No. 720, Monopolies and Mergers.

Sir K. Joseph

No, Sir. The order of 12th April 1973 reducing the manufacturer's price for Librium and Valium does not directly apply to the wholesaler. The price paid to chemist contractors for dispensing these drugs under the National Health Service will not be reduced until 1st June 1973. This will allow wholesale and retail chemists several weeks in which to clear old stocks.

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