Reference numberCD/68/7
TitleReport of the Royal Society's Sectional Chemical Committee on the Memorandum on the supply of essential drugs
Date26 April 1917
DescriptionDiscusses the 'Memorandum on the supply of essential drugs' [CD/68/2] furnished to the Committee on Commerical and Industrial Policy by the National Health Insurance Commission.

Thinks that the Memorandum is exceptionally important. Discusses their dependency on purchasing necessities instead of producing them, and ways to change this. Includes a list of pre-war and 1916 prices of common synthetic drugs, which have gotten much more expensive.

Gives revisions on the Memorandum. Also notes that the production of drugs hinges on a wider permanent establishment of the industry of synthetic organic products and fine chemicals on a larger scale within the United Kingdom.

Urges the Council of the Royal Society to put all their influence into telling the Government that it is necessary to devise a scheme so that chemical industries are fostered within the British Empire, and especially within the United Kingdom. Concludes that the Royal Society should strongly associate itself with the National Health Insurance Commission, and make sure that there are scientific staff controlling the new Government department to promote the supply of essential drugs.

Signed by Percy [Faraday] Frankland, Chairman of the Sectional Chemical Committee (Royal Society War Committee).
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