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Strontium ranelate discontinued

The manufacturer of strontium ranelate (Protelos®) communicated the intention to cease supply of this medicines in May 2017. In that notification it was advised that production and distribution would cease at the end of August 2017.

Licensed for the treatment of severe osteoporosis it has been the subject of several safety alerts over the years including life-threatening allergic reactions, venous thromboembolism and increased risk of heart problems. The manufacturer has taken a strategic decision, for commercial reasons, to withdraw the product.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this product being discontinued. It would be prudent to run clinical system searches to identify any patients who are currently prescribed this product to allow a review and arrangements made to identify a suitable alternative.

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2 Comments to “Strontium ranelate discontinued”

  1. There is a UKMi template memo on this available in Word format on SPS site - HOWEVER to my mind this memo could be much shorter and to the point, with key message to GP practices to simply seek specialist advice. Generally patients have been on this, or other bone therapy, for a number of years and a drug holiday/discontinuation could be considered in most cases (in absence of recent fracture or steroid use).

    Comment by Trevor Batt — June 14, 2017 #

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