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Combined osteoporosis treatment pack launched

A treatment pack that combines bisphosphonate with vitamin D and the recommended daily use of calcium has been launched as a convenient treatment option for patients with osteoporosis.

It is standard practice in the UK to coprescribe calcium and vitamin D with a bisphosphonate.

But recent research suggests that patients with osteoporosis are not gaining all the treatment benefits as they do not regularly take all three supplements.

Experts hope that patients will be more likely to take a single combined treatment and therefore will feel the benefits.

Sally Hope, a GP from Oxfordshire, said: "We can see from recent market research data conducted in Europe that 43% of patients are not taking any calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation with their bisphoshpnate treatment, despite clear recommendations to do so.

"Providing calcium and vitamin D in a package with a bisphosphonate may be a simple solution to the problem, providing patients with an improved chance of fracture protection."