NICE reversal for osteoporosis

NICE has reversed its decision to recommend alendronate as the only treatment option for osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.

A draft appraisal document issued this week by NICE recommends second-line use of risedronate and etidronite in primary and secondary prevention of fractures.

The move comes after concerns that, following NICE's guidance in June to only prescribe alendronate, GPs are being forced by PCTs to prescribe the drug to patients with osteoporosis, despite one in four patients being unable to tolerate it (GP, 12 October 2007).

The U-turn by NICE is dependent on a patients' T-scores.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

NICE Osteoporosis appraisal consultation document 2008

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