§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the use of methadone in drug addiction, he approves of the data sheet indicating its use for treatment of children above 10 years of age in the data sheet contained in the compendium issued by the Association of Pharmaceutical Industries.
§ Mr. Alison
The particulars given in data sheets are consistent with the relevant product licence. The suggested dosage for children is very small and the data sheet contains a clear warning about the addictive properties of methadone. The product is available only on prescription and it is for individual doctors to make an informed decision whether the product should be used in any particular case.