JBMR Editorial: 30 Years of Progress to Reduce Fractures and Improve Patient Quality of Life Unravels
Date: June 23, 2016
The remarkable progress made over the past 30 years to reduce fractures and dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of osteoporosis patients is rapidly being reversed, say two bone health experts in a JBMR article published online today.
In their article A Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis, Drs. Sundeep Khosla and Elizabeth Shane explain that too many patients at high risk for fractures are not being diagnosed or treated to prevent them. They summarize evidence that shows that high-risk patients are not getting appropriate therapy despite research showing the effectiveness of several osteoporosis drugs in preventing fractures. Khosla and Shane also outline how the field arrived at its current situation, citing research analyzing parallel trends in media and public concern about rare side effects with a decline in the use of osteoporosis drug prescriptions and an increase in hip fractures.
Read the full Perspective article, A Crisis in the Treatment of Osteoporosis.