HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 c693W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in order to reduce the costs of prescribing, he will seek to end the current practice of medication being available under several different brand names.

Dr. Vaughan

The Department already takes a number of measures aimed at obtaining value for money spent on prescribed medicines, including those mentioned in my reply to the hon. Member on 5 July. Together with the medical and pharmaceutical professions I shall continue to study ways of securing economies, but I am not at present convinced that the line of action proposed in the question would be practicable or effective in achieving the suggested result.

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