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Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Health if he will make the drug pronor freely available through the National Health Service for the treatment of certain cancer conditions.

I understand that this preparation is available only from the private laboratory of a doctor in the United States, but it can be ordered.

Since the circumstantial evidence points to the possibility that this drug had a decisive influence on the spinal cancer of my constituent Mrs. Windsor, whose stout courage my hon. Friend knows all about, will she take steps to make sure that the availability of the drug through the National Health Service is more generally known in medical circles?

It is not the proper function of my right hon. Friend to bring particular drugs to the notice of the medical profession. It is a professional matter. The usual method is the publication of articles in scientific journals.