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Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease and threatens an estimated 44 million Americans. Of these, 10 million suffer from osteoporosis and 34 million are at risk for fracture due to low bone mass (osteopenia). Half of all postmenopausal women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes. The most common sites for these fractures are the spine, hip, and wrist. Hip fractures are particularly devastating, with a 10-20% risk of death in the year following the fracture.
Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women than men; however, the impact of osteoporosis among older men is commonly underestimated. Osteoporosis affects more men than prostate cancer (the most common cancer in men) and is more likely to result in disability or death.
This issue focuses on the drug and nondrug therapies recommended for osteoporosis prevention and treatment. The management of osteoporosis resulting from long-term glucocorticoid therapy is included. The potential benefits, side effects, drug interactions, and optimal use of bisphosphonates, raloxifene, calcitonin, teriparatide, and estrogen replacement therapy are reviewed with key information presented in easy-to-read tables. Risk factors for osteoporosis and the criteria that are used to select candidates for bone mineral density (BMD) testing and drug therapy are also discussed.
Publication Date: 03/01/2009
Expiration Date: 03/01/2012
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Type of Activity: Knowledge-based
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Kimberly M. Crosby, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and Clinical Coordinator, USA Drug/May's Drugstrores; Michelle Lamb, PharmD, Community Pharmacy Practice Resident, USA Drug/University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, and Katherine O'Neal, PharmD, MBA, Community Pharmacy Practice Resident, USA Drug/University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Tulsa, OK.
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- Educate patients about the use of bisphosphonates, raloxifene, calcitonin, teriparatide, and estrogen replacement therapy including potential benefits, side effects, drug interactions, and appropriate administration.
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