§ Mr. Tredinnick
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will provide a comparative average costing of an NHS homeopathic medicine prescription with that of an NHS standard drug prescription.
§ Mr. Sackville
The net ingredient cost per prescription of a national health service homeopathic medicine prescription in 1991 was £3.33 compared with £6.20 for an NHS standard drug prescription. These figures are for prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacists and appliance contractors, dispensing doctors and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England.