HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 c166W
Mr. Barron

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems he has put in place for ensuring the coherence and consistency of written information provided to patients through patient packs, through(a) pharmacies and (b) the Prodigy prescribing pilot system. [19100]

Mr. Malone

The information to be supplied with medicines, in the form of labels and patient information leaflets, is set out in regulations, and all such information is approved by the Medicines Control Agency before use. Information must be consistent with the summary of product characteristics and written in clear and comprehensible terms.

The Prodigy pilot system provides general information to patients about their condition, the main treatment options and sources of further support. In general, this is intended to supplement the more detailed statutory information accompanying individual medicines. Where the Prodigy leaflets refer to specific medicines, we will ensure that the information is consistent with the statutory patient information leaflets.

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