Only 1 in 4 patients discharged on osteoporosis meds after hip fracture: report

Australia is well behind the UK

Only a quarter of elderly Australian patients discharged from hospital after a hip fracture leave on active therapy for osteoporosis, according to a report published today.

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While 36% of hip-fracture patients were on calcium or vitamin D when admitted, just 9% were receiving active treatment for osteoporosis, data in the 2018 annual report of the Australian and New Zealand fracture registry shows.

On discharge, just 24% of Australian patients left hospital on a bisphosphonate , denosumab or teriparatide and a similar proportion was given