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Generic Medicines

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the savings made by the NHS from the centralised procurement process for generic medicines in 2005. (71570)

The estimated savings made by the national health service from the centralised process for generic medicines in 2005 obtained through the national contracts sourcing programme for generic pharmaceuticals are £51 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the savings which are to be made to the NHS through the optimal use of generic, rather than branded, medicines. (74053)

Data from the prescription pricing division of the Business Services Authority (formerly known as the Prescription Pricing Authority) indicates that from January to March 2006 the estimated savings that could have been achieved through the compulsory generic dispensing of the top 40 (in terms of the amount of potential saving that could be achieved) proprietary drugs for which a generic alternative is available and where the proprietary drug is suitable for substitution, was £11.7 million.