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Jab for brittle bones should be given on NHS

18th June 2010

A twice-yearly injection to treat osteoporosis could soon be available on the NHS.

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence has said that post-menopausal women at increased risk of fractures should be treated with the drug denosumab if other treatments are unsuitable.

Trials of the drug have shown it cuts the number of spine and hip fractures in women, and helps bones regrow. Having the injection every six months leads to a 70% lower risk of spinal fractures, 40% lower hip fracture risk and a 20% risk reduction of other broken bones.

 

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Title: Jab for brittle bones should be given on NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15187
Date Added: 18th Jun 2010

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