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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 693


Senator MCAULIFFE - Will the Minister for Health tell the Senate whether the placing of warning labels on packets containing proprietary headache powders or tablets has reduced consumption? Is it a fact that despite the legislative action in relation to labels supermarkets have continued price cutting wars on aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine preparations? As these preparations are potential killers, linked particularly with kidney disease, will the Minister legislate to restrict sales to pharmacies in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory and have the warning labels printed in red?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON As I understand it, the honourable senator's question referred to drugs. I wish to give a considered reply to the question. I have some comprehensive material on this matter which I propose to place before the Senate. Rather than do it at question time when I would perhaps be a little inadequate in terms of time and background information, I will respond to the question by giving a considered written reply in the next several days.







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