Parliament: The House In Brief - Medicine shortages cost NHS pounds 160m
Thursday 11 November 1999
But the service was able to cope with such pressures, he added. The Health Department said the increase on the NHS's pounds 4.7bn-a-year drug budget would be offset by projected savings of pounds 150m from changes to the rules on purchase of non-generic drugs.
Those changes were introduced in October, and in August ministers asked the Office of Fair Trading to look at whether the "current situation raises any competition issues", Mr Denham said.
The Government had also set up a "fundamental review of the current arrangements to see whether there are alternative ways of supplying the NHS with generics which would better ensure consistency of supply at reasonable prices".
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