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Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his intention to make Erythropoietin, when it receives a full licence, freely available to doctors to prescribe for any patient for whom it is appropriate.

Erythropoietin has received a licence, as announced in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Devon, North (Mr. Speller) on 11 June at column 39.Responsibility for funding hospital prescribing of this product is for the health authorities concerned. General practitioners are also free to prescribe erythropoietin provided they are content to accept clinical responsibility for that aspect of the patient's care.