Guernsey

Guernsey's States stop prescriptions for Glucosamine

A drug used to treat people with osteoarthritis will no longer be available with Guernsey prescriptions.

The Social Security Department said it would stop issuing glucosamine after guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

It said that evidence to support use of the drug was no longer strong enough, and the help it provided was limited.

Prescribing officer Geraldine O'Riordan said alternative treatments had been discussed with patients.

She said the most important treatment for osteoarthritis remained having more exercise combined with weight loss.

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance similar to glucose.

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