§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to ensure that no drug is made available for prescription where the manufacturing company is unknown.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The Medicines Act, and subordinate legislation, provides that in the case of all medicinal products licensed under the Act, particulars of manufacture must be provided as part of the application for a licence. There are, however, certain exemptions from the licensing system, including a special provision for doctors and dentists to obtain unlicensed medicines, in the exercise of their clinical freedom, for administration to particular patients, and for suppliers to hold stocks for supply to them; the operation of these exemptions is kept under review.