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NHS: Drugs

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 23-24W, on the NHS: drugs, what proportion of the profit margin achieved by pharmacy contractors was attributable to the reimbursement of category M medicines expenditure in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07. (199819)

According to the October 2005 and February 2006 invoice surveys, 94 per cent. of the total profit in 2005-06 came from drugs in Category M. Based on the April, July, October 2006 and January 2007 invoice surveys, this proportion is 89 per cent. These percentages use those sampled drugs actually in Category M in each month, which vary slightly between surveys.