HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 c33W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will require the Medicines Commission to be satisfied that there is some medical or economic justification before licensing new drugs.

Mr. Ennals

The criteria applicable for the grant of licences for new drugs are laid down in the Medicines Act 1968. I have no proposals for amending the Act so as to allow the licensing authority to refuse to grant a licence on the grounds suggested.