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    ASBMR Issues “Call to Action to Address the Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis”

    Date: September 22, 2016

    On Monday, September 19, 2016 at the ASBMR 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA, ASBMR and 34 other health organizations issued a “Call to Action to Address the Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis” at a press conference. Leading researchers and bone health experts discussed new data on hip fractures and lack of treatment of osteoporosis patients, and issued a call to action with recommendations on how to aggressively address the critical care gap and reduce fracture risk in our aging population.

    With declines in the rate of testing, diagnosis and treatment of high-risk patients, even with compelling data that bisphosphonates reduce both risk of a second fracture and death in patients with hip fractures, many clinicians do not have the necessary information or resources available to help patients make informed decisions to prevent hip fractures.

    To address this crisis, pledging organizations have agreed to intensify their current efforts and collaborate on new opportunities to increase the testing, diagnosis and treatment of high-risk individuals and to better educate patients so that they can make informed choices about osteoporosis treatment options. Read the “Call to Action to Address the Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis” here.

    Photo: Shown speaking at press conference, left to right: Kenneth Saag, MD, NOF President and NBHA Co-Chair;
    Sundeep Khosla, MD, Mayo Clinic, former ASBMR President; Douglas P. Kiel, MD, MPH, ASBMR President;
    Andrea Singer, MD, NOF Medical Director; John Kanis, MD, IOF President.