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Drugs: Exports

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will undertake an assessment of the potential effects on the (a) availability of medicines and (b) budgetary provision for the NHS of the transition of the UK from being a net importer to a net exporter of medicines. (253568)

The Department is in regular contact with the national health service, pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers, and continues to monitor the availability of medicines. The Department and the pharmaceutical industry have published joint best practice guidelines in order to help manage the availability of medicines. A copy of these guidelines has been placed in the Library and can also be found on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Medicinespharmacyandindustry/Discontinuedmedicines/index.htm