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Thursday, 15 May 1924

Mr BRUCE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The Insulin Committee at the Toronto University acting for the discoverer of insulin has licensed the Commonwealth Serum laboratories to manufacture and sell insulin and any medical practitioner or hospital, or any member of the public, on the prescription of a medical practitioner, may purchase the material.

2.   Yes.

3.   Every practicable step to lessen the cost of insulin by means of improved methods and economical management is being taken. Since the preparation of insulin was undertaken by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, the price per unit has been reduced gradually from 5d. to1d. (in the ease of hospitals). The income derived from all sources is not more than sufficient to cover the cost Of manufacture. 4.Insulin is available unconditionally to medical practitioners at a cost of11/2d. per unit.

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