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Health: Pharmaceutical Services

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Mike O’Brien) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The 10th report to Parliament on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme (PPRS) was published today.

The department published the first report on the PPRS in 1996 following a comment by the Health Committee that the Department of Health should introduce greater transparency into the PPRS by publishing an annual report on the scheme. Since then, the department has published a report to Parliament on the operation and management of the scheme most years. However, there has not been a report since July 2006 following the Office of Fair Trading’s market study into the PPRS in 2007 and the renegotiation of the PPRS in 2007 and 2008. This latest report covers developments since the last report and a description of the new 2009 PPRS.

A copy of the report has been placed in the Library and copies are available for honourable Members from the Vote Office.