§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much acamprosate was used in the NHS in 1994; and if she will make a statement;
(2) what guidelines are in place to regulate the use of acamprosate in the NHS, and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
Information on the use of acamprosate in the national health service in 1994 is not available centrally. Acamprosate is not licensed for use in the United Kingdom, although an application for such a licence is currently with the Medicines Control Agency. Before a licence is granted, the Medicines Control Agency will need to be satisfied as to the product's quality, safety and efficacy.