Secretary of State for Health, ex p Pfizer Ltd [2000] 51 BMLR 189 (QBD)

Advice or guidance promulgated by a public authority could be the subject of judicial review if it contained an error of law, particularly if it was likely to be acted upon by those it addressed. It was unlawful for the Secretary of State for Health to promulgate a circular (advising doctors not to prescribe the anti-impotence drug Viagra) whose purpose and effect was to cause GPs to act contrary to their professional obligations and their duty under Schedule 2, paragraph 12 of the National Health Service (General Medical Services) Regulations 1992, to provide necessary and appropriate treatment to patients.

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