Osteoporosis drugs don't reduce overall mortality

Only prescribe medications to reduce fracture risk, say researchers

Doctors need only prescribe osteoporosis treatments to prevent fractures, as the medications do not reduce overall mortality in older patients with osteoporosis, according to an updated review.

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There was no significant association between receiving a drug treatment for osteoporosis and overall mortality rate (risk ratio, 0.98), the US researchers report.

Their analysis included 38 randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trials that studied drug treatments with proven anti-fracture efficacy, used agents at the approved dose for