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Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of availability and supply of the drug diazoxide suspension. (228429)

Diazoxide suspension is not licensed for use in the United Kingdom. Under UK Medicines Legislation, doctors are allowed to prescribe unlicensed medicines for use on an individual patient basis, but take direct personal responsibility for their use. Diazoxide suspension is available from abroad, and may also be produced in the UK under a manufacturer’s licence allowing production of unlicensed products. The product is currently available via either of these routes.