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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14018: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what processes are in place to ensure that developments on new uses for off-patent drugs inform NHS prescribing guidance.

Answered by: Shona Robison 30 January 2018

There are currently local processes in existence in NHS Boards to facilitate access to off-patent drugs. A Short Life Working Group was established in 2017 to look at off label cancer medicines. The work of this group supports one of the key ambitions of our national cancer strategy, that is, to maximise the opportunities of increasing access to off patent drugs. One of the aims of the Group is to produce guidance on a national approach to the prescribing of these medicines to ensure consistency across Scotland.