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Osteoporosis

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of (a) hospital trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) general practitioner services and (d) intermediate care services have undertaken medicine utilisation reviews or other medicine review initiatives to ensure patients suffering from osteoporosis are prescribed the most appropriate medicine type and dosage; (85578)

(2) what consideration her Department has given to the inclusion of osteoporosis in the development of the “Life Check” scheme;

(3) what assessment her Department has made of the merits of nurse-led fracture liaison services to support patients suffering from osteoporosis.

The Department has not assessed the merits of nurse-led fracture services to support people living with osteoporosis.

Information is not held centrally on medicine reviews for patients with specific conditions, including osteoporosis.

The content of the “Life Check” assessments at each life stage is yet to be determined and agreed, but will include the major lifestyle risk factors relevant to each life stage, such as smoking, physical activity and diet.