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The treatment gap: the missed opportunities for osteoporosis therapy.

Bone. 2020 Dec 23;:115833 Authors: Fuggle NR, Curtis B, Clynes M, Zhang J, Ward K, Javaid MK, Harvey NC, Dennison E, Cooper C

Despite substantial advances in delineation of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk assessment and treatment of osteoporosis over the last three decades, a substantial proportion of men and women at high risk of fracture remain untreated - the so-called "treatment gap". This review summarises the important patient-, physician- and policyrelated causes of this treatment gap, before discussing in greater detail: (a) the evidence base for the efficacy of bisphosphonates in osteoporosis; (b) recent evidence relating to the adverse effects of this widely used therapeutic class, most notably atypical femoral fracture and osteonecrosis of the jaw; (c) available strategies to improve both secondary and primary prevention pathways for the management of this disorder. PMID: 33359889 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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