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Volume 893: debated on Monday 16 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she is satisfied that public safety in regard to drugs already in use, which are subsequently discovered to have dangerous side effects, is adequately protected by the present warning procedures of the Committee on Safety of Medicines; and if she will make a statement.

I am anxious to improve these warning procedures. The Committee on Safety of Medicines is currently considering the methods adopted. In the current discussions which my Department is having with the phamaceutical industry on the subject of advertisements the question of adequate publicity for warnings will be included.