HC Deb 11 July 1985 vol 82 c536W
Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to require drug manufacturers to specify each of the contents of proprietary medicines.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I assume the right hon. Member is referring to medicines purchased over the counter. Regulations already require the active ingredients to be stated on labels and leaflets. We are presently looking at the practicality of requiring some inactive ingredients—for example, colouring agents — to be declared where these are known to cause reactions in certain people.