Steroid Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 25th May 2016.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on the risks associated with continued use of steroids.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Advice to clinicians on prescribing steroids such as corticosteroids and sex hormones is contained in the British National Formulary. This includes information on potential side effects and how to mitigate those risks.

Prescribers should always involve patients in decisions about the treatment proposed, including informing them of any possible side effects from their prescribed medicines.

Public Health England convened an Expert Group to develop briefing for local authority commissioners. The attachment “Providing effective services for people who use image and performance enhancing drugs” which was published in July 2015, contains a summary of potential harms from the non-prescribed use of anabolic steroids and lists references for further information in the scientific literature.

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