When the government is in charge of what drugs you can have, and cost-cutting is their goal, you better not get too sick.
25% of people with osteoporosis don't respond to the standard drug, alendronate, or they have side effects. In this country (today anyway) you would get one of the alternate treatments. Which are unfortunately more expensive. Not so in the UK.
The guidance says that these patients cannot have alternative treatments, strontium ranelate, zoledronic acid or etidronate, unless their condition worsens and they have other aggravating factors.Ah the blissful state of health care in the UK.
I can't wait until we have socialized medicine.