HC Deb 28 April 1998 vol 311 c121W
Mr. Alan Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to make pen needles for insulin dependent diabetics available on prescription. [39725]

Mr. Milburn

We are currently considering whether general practitioners should be allowed to prescribe insulin injection pen needles on the National Health Service. As I announced on 20 November 1997,Official Report, column 529, I have asked officials in the Department to examine, in discussions with interested parties if necessary, whether we can be more certain on the costs. They have held a number of meetings with the major suppliers.