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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to discuss with interested parties the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to restrict treatment for osteoporosis to those aged over 70 years; and if she will make a statement. (127581)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has not yet published its final guidance on the use of treatments for primary and secondary prevention of fractures in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. NICE issued an appraisal consultation document on 5 March 2007 setting out its draft recommendations and inviting comments by 26 March 2007. NICE’s appraisal committee will then meet to consider consultation responses and formulate its final guidance.

NICE is an independent body and I have no plans to discuss this ongoing appraisal with interested parties.