Written Answers. - Value of Medicines.

5.

asked the Taoiseach the annual value of medicines for humans manufactured in or imported into Ireland.

With your permission, Sir, I propose to circulate in the Official Report a statement giving the required information in so far as it is available for the years 1968 and 1969.

Following is the statement:

(A)—Production of drugs, medicines and medicinal preparations (other than veterinary pharmaccuticals) in 1968 and 1969:—

Description

Factory Selling

Value £000

1968

1969*

Analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents

379

412

Antacids

72

59

Cough and cold preparations

96

125

Antibiotics and chemotherapeutics Bronchial dilators and asthma remedies

Psycopharmacon tranquilizers and sedatives

2,472

2,830

Vitamins

Other

Total

3,019

3,425

*Provisional.

(B)—Imports of medicaments (excluding veterinary products) in 1968 and 1969.

Description

Import Value

(c.i.f.) (£000)

1968

1969

Ointments

258

323

Medicated wines

1

3

Proprietary medical products

3,939

4,559

Other medical products n.e.s.

631

695

Total

4,830

5,581