Research Article

Limited list: limited effects?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 24 August 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:518
  1. R J Taylor,
  2. C M Bond


    During the first month after the limited National Health Service drug list came into effect 17 cooperative general practitioners recorded the actions taken when a now prohibited drug would formerly have been prescribed. An average of 6% of direct surgery contacts with patients and 8% of indirect contacts with patients were affected by the new regulations, but in 2% and 4% of cases respectively the patient received the same pharmacological substance under a different (generic or approved) name. Where a real change in pharmacological constitution or formulation had been required four fifths of these substitutes were considered by the doctors to result in less effective treatment. In 1% of contacts no drug was issued or recommended where one would formerly have been given.