§ Mr. Butterfill
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that the heat-treated factor IX is made freely available on the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
No product licences have been issued for heat-treated Factor IX. The Blood Products Laboratory is developing such a product, but it has not yet reached a stage where it is ready for clinical trials. Commercially-produced, unlicensed heat-treated Factor IX is however available and can be prescribed by clinicians on a 'named patient' basis.