Patients at risk of fracture missing out on medication

Two out of three patients with osteoporosis aren't getting treatment despite having obvious risk factors for the condition, according to endocrinologists.

A bedside snapshot carried out on 320 hospitalised inpatients at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney found that 69% of those admitted with an osteoporosis-related condition were not on any osteoporosis medication prior to admission (this did not include vitamin D or calcium).

The patients, who were mostly on geriatric and orthopaedic wards, were seldom referred to endocrinology