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Health Products (Legislation)

Volume 33: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1982

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asked the Prime Minister whether she is satisfied that the joint operation of the Food and Drugs Act and the Medicines Act account for all of the health products such as starch-blocking pills currently available to the general public; whether Her Majesty's Government will seek to close any loophole which may exist in legislation; and if she will make a statement.

I am satisfied that existing regulatory powers are adequate for the protection of consumers. The Medicines Act contains powers which would enable the sale of products such as starch-blockers to be prohibited if they presented dangers to health.