HC Deb 29 June 1999 vol 334 c154W
Mr. Maclean

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made of the costs of veterinary medicines in(a) the UK and (b) other European countries. [88355]

Mr. Rooker

[holding answer 28 June 1999]: The pricing of veterinary medicinal products is not controlled by either UK or European Community legislation. Decisions on the wholesale costs of veterinary medicines are matters for the companies manufacturing the products, taking into account commercial factors such as development and production costs and anticipated volume of sales in the member state concerned. None the less, we have received representations about comparatively high prices of veterinary medicinal products in the UK and we are carefully considering the issues and whether further action is called for.

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