Off Patent Drug Bill Update

Many people from Inverclyde have been in touch with me to ask about the Off Patent Drug Bill. I am aware that there are many of my constituents who would have greatly benefited from this Bill.

As the Bill was talked out (the government kept talking so the debate ran over time) the Bill did not pass to the Committee Stage, this means that the Bill would not progress at all. It really is as ludicrous as it sounds.

The minister stated in his speech that the Government has been pursuing a non-legislative solution to the issue of off-patent drugs, but we have seen no evidence that genuine progress has been made.

I am going to pursue this in any way that I can to make sure the Government will honour their commitment and turn their words into action.