Arthritis drug study seeks test patients

RECRUITS from the Lothians are being sought to take part in a large-scale safety study into some of the most commonly-prescribed arthritis drugs.

The SCOT study into non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and diclofenac has just recruited its 6000th patient, but organisers hope to bring more on board. The project aims to compare the side-effects of different types of NSAIDs, and the findings could benefit millions of arthritis sufferers around the world.

Local principal investigator Professor Stuart Ralston from the University of Edinburgh said he was keen to recruit more patients and GP practices.

He added: “I’m delighted that we have been able to reach this important milestone.”

For more information on taking part, call clinical trials physician Dr Janet Thomson on 07850 256668, see or speak to your GP.