HC Deb 16 February 1993 vol 219 c157W
Mr. Alexander

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 2 February,Official Report, column 152, if she will name the pharmaceutical companies on whose behalf assurances were sought that the limited list regulations would not be extended; and on what dates the inquirers were informed by her Department that at that time there were no plans to extend the selected list scheme.

Dr. Mawhinney

Such detailed information about correspondence between the Department and individual pharmaceutical companies is treated in confidence.

Mr. Blunkett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to make a statement on the precise arrangements for the inclusion of a further 10 therapeutic categories of drugs which may now be included on the selected list.

Dr. Mawhinney

We shall make an announcement after we have received advice from the advisory committee on national health service drugs.

Mrs. Lait

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drugs are on the market in each of the 10 categories proposed for addition to the limited list.

Dr. Mawhinney

The information available relates to the number of different preparations dispensed in 1991 under the national health service in England in each of the categories. The following figures are for items dispensed by community pharmacists and appliance contractors, dispensing doctors and personal administration.

Antidiarrhoeal drugs 43
Antihistamines, hyposensitisation, and allergic disorders 156
Hypnotics and anxiolytics 156
Appetite suppressants 12
Treatment of vaginal and vulval conditions 52
Contraceptives 60
Anaemias and some other blood disorders 146
Drugs for the relief of soft-tissue inflammation 112
Drugs acting on the ear and drugs acting on the nose 130
Skin 1,776