HC Deb 23 March 1987 vol 113 cc74-5W
Mr. Galley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what savings have resulted from the introductions of the selected list scheme of National Health Service drugs; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

Information from the Prescription Pricing Authority indicates that the Selected List Scheme saved £75 million on the drugs bill in 1985–86. The savings in each of the seven therapeutic groups was:

£ million
Cough and Cold remedies 22
Analgesics for mild to moderate pain 19
Indigestion remedies 8
Laxatives 2
Bitters and tonics 1
Benzodiazepine Sedatives and Tranquillisers 15½

As forecast, this initiative has thus released £75 million for the continuing growth in the National Health Service.

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