HC Deb 03 March 1994 vol 238 cc848-9W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the proposal to allow pharmacists to substitute cheaper non-branded drugs for the drug prescribed by the general practitioner; whether the general practitioner would be consulted; and how patients would be protected from fake and substandard drugs.

Dr. Mawhinney

The Department has opened discussions with the medical and pharmaceutical professions about generic substitution. We are seeking a way forward which would leave the clinical decision about whether a generic substitute was appropriate, to the prescribing doctor.

All medicines, whether branded or generic, have to meet the standards of safety, quality and efficacy required by the licensing authority.

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