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Drug Interferon

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to increase the availability within the United Kingdom of the drug Interferon.

Present evidence for the value of Interferon as an anti-cancer agent would not justify me in taking steps substantially to increase the availability of Interferon using existing production methods. The Medical Research Council is examining alternative methods of making Interferon and is setting up clinical trials to test its effectiveness in cancer therapy.