HC Deb 22 July 1997 vol 298 c566W
Mr. Etherington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued regarding protocols for the use of the drug Aricept; [8782]

(2) if he will list the health authorities in England and Wales which have agreed to fund the use of Aricept by (a) general practitioners and (b) hospital consultants; [8783]

(3) if he will list the hospitals in England and Wales whose hospital formulary includes Aricept. [8781]

Mr. Milburn

Guidance has been prepared by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and endorsed by the standing medical advisory committee. We are currently considering whether to issue management guidance to the NHS, together with the clinical guidance on the prescribing of Aricept. Many health authorities and hospitals are still in the process of determining their local policy on the use of this drug.

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