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Medicine Imports

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his estimate of the number of overseas production sites supplying parallel imports of medicines to the United Kingdom market under licence from his Department; and how many such overseas sites have been inspected by the United Kingdom's medicines inspectors in each of the last five years.

There are 143 overseas production sites currently listed on product licences for parallel imported medicinal products. Inspections of these sites carried out by United Kingdom medicines inspectors over the last five years are as follows:

YearNo. Inspections
Additional visits have been carried out on behalf of the United Kingdom by local inspectorates.
Income from land sales
District Health Authority1986–871987–881988–89
West Suffolk1,860,400124,9002,182,500
East Suffolk736,723945,5822,310,460
Great Yarmouth and Waveney328,250349,47560,000
West Norfolk and Wisbech220,503419,8381,013,150
The figures given represent the total of sales within each district. The figures given for Norwich health authority therefore differ from those supplied on 26 April by my hon. Friend the then Paliamentary Under-Secretary of State at columns

293–94, which were restricted to sales of over £50,000.