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PE01608: Wholly Owned National Private Pharmaceuticals


Petitioner: Martin Keatings


Date Lodged: 30 June 2016

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to create a medical manufacturing and research organisation in Scotland wholly owned and operated by the Scottish Government to provide manufacturing of drugs for the NHS out of patent, and to develop and research new drugs that are conducive to the needs of the Scottish population.

Petition History:


15 September 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the British Generics Manufacturers Association. Link to Official Report 15 September 2016

24 November 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition under rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government does not consider the proposal to be feasible or sustainable, and considers that the existing legislation, arrangements and policies work well, but will continue to look at future policy changes following the Montgomery review. Link to Official Report 24 November 2016

Written Submissions:

Interesting idea, and obviously thought out. I wonder if you could really call it a PRIVATE company with only the Scottish Government(? sic) as shareholder? I used to be a research chemist and know the cost of drug development is enormous. Perhaps you could clarify if the Scottish "government" which is not sovereign would be allowed to do this even if it wanted. I think it may lie beyond it's powers.

Robert Marks (Dr)

23:58 on 10 Jun 2016

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