Unmet Needs


Lead Author(s): 

Kenneth S. Saag, MD, MSc

While the burden of osteoporosis is growing significantly, the declining pattern of osteoporosis testing and treatment has created considerable unmet need and clear opportunities for new treatments and programs. Even after a fracture, many healthcare providers do not discuss osteoporosis with their patients. Indeed, fractures beget fractures: Fractures at nearly any site are significantly associated with subsequent fractures,1,2 emphasizing the need for new drugs, treatment care approaches, and research funding to test the effectiveness of new therapies and treatment approaches.

  • 1. Eisman JA, Bogoch ER, Dell R, et al.: Making the first fracture the last fracture: ASBMR task force report on secondary fracture prevention. J Bone Miner Res 2012 Oct;27(10):2039-2046. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1698. Epub 2012 Jul 26.
  • 2. Gehlbach S, Saag KG, Adachi JD, et al.: Previous fractures at multiple sites increase the risk for subsequent fractures: The Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women. J Bone Miner Res 2012 Mar;27(3):645-653. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1476.


  • 2014

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