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□ Osteoporosis is a common disease of the bones that is characterized by a decrease in bone density and bone strength, resulting in bone fragility.

□ In the United States, approximately 44 million people have low bone density, 10 million of whom have osteoporosis and 34 million with osteopenia. This equates to about 55% of the U.S. population aged 50 years and older. The number of people with osteoporosis-related fractures is predicted to increase dramatically due to the aging population of the country.

□ Osteoporotic bone fractures are responsible for pain, decreased quality of life, lost workdays, and disability.

□ It is important to identify and test patients at high risk for developing osteoporosis, as well as implement strategies to help prevent or delay the onset of this disease.

□ Pharmacists play a critical role in our healthcare system since they are easily accessible in the community.


American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2014 Midyear Clinical Meeting, Anaheim, CA