Regular bone checks unnecessary for bisphosphonate holidays

It’s not often you get an evidence based decision to do less, but according to a study out this week women on a bisphosphonate ‘holiday’ may not need regular bone scans.

The Fracture Intervention Trial Long-term Extension (FLEX) study found that frequent short-term BMD scans did not improve fracture risk prediction in postmenopausal women taking a break from alendronate therapy.

Instead, age and hip bone mineral density at the time of discontinuation strongly predicted fractures during the five years after stopping therapy, the researchers from the University of California