§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has about new developments and research into causes and treatment of psoriasis; what is her estimate of the effect of these developments of the introduction of a limited list for treatment of this skin condition; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
Current research is concerned with the immunology of psoriasis and the study of various immunological mediators and receptors. Research into treatment includes the possible use of genetically engineered antibodies to these mediators.
The selected list scheme will not discourage the development of new medicines. The Advisory Committee on National Health Service drugs will not reject drugs which offer a therapeutic benefit and meet a real clinical need.