HC Deb 19 May 1994 vol 243 c555W
Mr. Quentin Davies

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the savings to the NHS budget if NHS doctors were under an obligation to prescribe, and pharmacists to dispense, the cheaper available forms of the compound they considered most clinically appropriate for their patients.

Dr. Mawhinney

No such estimate has been made by the Department. General practitioners are encouraged to prescribe cost-effectively and to be discriminating about the use of more expensive preparations where there is no significant clinical benefit.

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