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Drugs

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will instruct the Committee on Safety of Medicines to make a public statement on each occasion that the Committee on Safety of Medicines orders the withdrawal or curtailment of individual drugs.

The Committee on Safety of Medicines advises the licensing authority on matters relating to the safety of drugs. Decisions of the licensing authority to revoke or vary a licence for a drug are made public when it is considered in the public interest to do so.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list the names of drugs which have been withdrawn from the market voluntarily by the manufacturers in each of the last 10 years; (2) if he will list the names of the drugs for which the manufacturers' recommendations or claims have been modified on the instructions of the licensing authorities in each of the last 10 years; (3) if he will list the names of the drugs which have been withdrawn on the instructions of the licensing authority in the last 10 years; and what was the reason for the instruction in each case.

Departmental records are not kept in a way which would enable information requested to be obtained without disproportionate expenditure.