HC Deb 20 April 1994 vol 241 c543W
Dr. Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to declare the sale of those sex-enhancing drugs which alter physiological functioning, with particular reference to nitrites, illegal under the Medicines Acts; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what licensing, testing and quality controls and other regulations are applied to the manufacture and sale of the sex-enhancing drugs Rock Hard, Kix, Rush, Ram, Thunderbolt and other nitrites which are most commonly used to facilitate homosexual practices; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville

The Medicines Control Agency regulates human medicines in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Medicines Acts of 1968 and 1971 and Pharmaceutical Directives of the European Community. No alkyl nitrite is licensed as a medicinal product, and in consequence no product containing nitrite is currently subject to the statutory controls on the manufacture and supply of medicinal products.

Alkyl nitrites are not being promoted for sale explicitly as sexual stimulants. If they were, they would have to be licensed under the Medicines Act 1968, which defines interference with a physiological function as a medicinal purpose. The MCA will investigate all reports of unlicensed medicines, their advertising, labelling and sales, and take the appropriate enforcement action.

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