Fracture prevention drug available to NHS Scotland

GPs in Scotland can now offer fracture prevention treatment denosumab on the NHS after the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) accepted the drug for use in women with osteoporosis.

The SMC approved the drug, marketed as Prolia, for treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It should be restricted to use in patients with low bone mineral density and for whom oral bisphosphonates are unsuitable, the consortium said.

The drug has been available in England since it was approved by NICE in October.

Denosumab is given by injection twice a year. Research showed that after three years of treatment, patients were less likely to suffer fractures than a placebo group.

The SMC said it accepted denosumab for restricted use in NHS Scotland because it is effective at a similar cost to some other medicines used for osteoporosis. In addition, it said the method of administration is likely to increase compliance with the treatment regime.

More GP news from Scotland in our GP Scotland section

Sign up for our regular GP Scotland email bulletin

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

First-dose COVID-19 vaccine supply for GP sites to stop completely for a fortnight

First-dose COVID-19 vaccine supply for GP sites to stop completely for a fortnight

Supplies of COVID-19 vaccine for first-dose vaccinations at GP-led vaccination sites...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

More than 70% of COVID-19 jabs this month have been second doses

More than 70% of COVID-19 jabs this month have been second doses

More than seven in 10 COVID-19 jabs administered UK-wide since the start of April...

Accountant's theft of more than £60,000 from GP practices uncovered in pandemic

Accountant's theft of more than £60,000 from GP practices uncovered in pandemic

An accountant has been handed a suspended jail term after stealing more than £60,000...

GMC to contact thousands of GPs due to revalidate from August

GMC to contact thousands of GPs due to revalidate from August

The GMC is writing to thousands of doctors due to revalidate from August to set out...

NHS England spells out next steps as GPs told to cancel AZ jabs booked for under-30s

NHS England spells out next steps as GPs told to cancel AZ jabs booked for under-30s

GP-led vaccination sites should offer under-30s due to receive a first dose of AstraZeneca...