Evidence-based recommendations on raloxifene for the primary prevention of osteoporotic fragility fractures in postmenopausal women.
The title and guidance (section 1) have been updated to reflect the current recommendations. Guidance on strontium ranelate and etidronate have been removed because these drugs are no longer marketed in the UK. NICE has issued up-to-date guidance on bisphosphonates for treating osteoporosis. All other sections are unchanged and refer to all of the drugs originally discussed in 2008.
Guidance development process
Next review: we reviewed the evidence and we are updating the recommendations on raloxifine. See the guidance in development page for progress on the update.
The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.