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Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure adequate supplies of diamorphine to hospitals. (86154)

The Department is working closely with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) and the manufacturers to manage the shortage of diamorphine injection. We continue to monitor the supply situation closely.

NHS PASA provides updates on the supply situation to hospital procurement pharmacists. The Department issued guidance in December 2004 to prescribers and other healthcare professionals to ensure supplies are used effectively.