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Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include nicotine tablets on a trial basis among the items available on general practitioners' prescriptions.

I assume that the hon. Gentleman is referring to Nicorette chewing gum. We do not intend to make this product available on NHS prescription as the advisory committee on borderline substances has consistently recommended that it has no therapeutic use in the treatment of disease.