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Pfizer Products

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential impact on the supply of medicines of Pfizer's decision to distribute their medicines using a single pharmaceutical wholesaler. (93841)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guarantees Pfizer and Unichem have given the Department concerning the availability of Pfizer products to the NHS from early 2007; (94519)

(2) what assessment the Department has made of the impact on the NHS of the decision by Pfizer to sell its products through a single distribution channel from early 2007.

This is a commercial matter for Pfizer. Pfizer have assured the Department that it will make every effort to ensure that these new arrangements will not result in any disruptions in the supply of its United Kingdom-sourced branded medicines to national health service patients. The Department will monitor these new arrangements with a view to taking corrective action if appropriate.