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Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has undertaken into competition in provision of pharmaceutical products by high street pharmacies and GP practices. (263367)

The Department has not undertaken a formal study. However, we sought views on a proposal to allow, where there is no convenient alternative, dispensing doctors to sell over-the-counter medicines as part of our wider consultation last autumn, “Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths—delivering the future—proposals for legislative change”.

We published a partial impact assessment concerning this proposal with that consultation which includes a competition assessment that sets out our analysis of the possible effects on competition of the proposal. It is available at:

and a copy has been placed in the Library.

The proposal was also discussed at events around the country as part of the consultation process. A full report of that consultation will be published in due course.