HC Deb 30 January 1998 vol 305 c429W
Mr. Dawson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the effects, side-effects, toxicity and availability of the drug Gammahydroxybutyrate. [26718]

Ms Jowell

Gammahydroxybutyrate is a medicinal product, and its medicinal properties are well established. In the United Kingdom, it is controlled under the Medicines for Human Use (Marketing Authorisations Etc.) Regulations 1994 and Medicines Act 1968. It is unlicensed in the UK, and can lawfully be supplied only by a pharmacist in response to a doctor's prescription for a patient.

Unlawful supply of this product is a criminal offence. The Medicines Control Agency enforces medicines legislation on behalf of ministers and has successfully investigated and prosecuted offenders in recent years.

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