§ 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 Vitamins 7½ 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.