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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12636: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what contact it has had with the UK Government and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regarding the MHRA’s  forthcoming report, Hormonal pregnancy tests (including Primodos) and possible association with birth defects, and whether it plans to have discussions with UK ministers about the findings.

Answered by: Shona Robison 21 November 2017

Regulation for the Licensing and Safety of Medicines is currently a reserved area for the UK Government.

The Scottish Government meets regularly with the MHRA to discuss medicine safety issues. This includes discussion on Primodos. Furthermore, I wrote to the UK Government urging them to conduct a thorough examination of all materials in the Review and also to ensure that families in Scotland were given the opportunity to engage with the independent Review.

The Scottish Government has arranged to meet with the Chair of the Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests to hear first hand their experience and learning from observing the Expert Working Group Review.