Osteoporosis  /  Economic Value

More than 54 million Americans face the threat of osteoporosis; which causes more than 2 million fractures each year. These fractures can have a profound impact on quality of life—often leading to pain, disability, loss of independence, and even death—and cost the U.S. an estimated billion each year. Fortunately, scientists are continuing to make exciting breakthroughs that are helping to keep bones healthy and prevent debilitating fractures. The Alliance for Aging Research partnered with the National Osteoporosis Foundation to produce this volume.

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    • A study of a number of osteoporosis treatments found cost-effectiveness ratios as low as $55,000 per QALY.  
    • Treatment with bisphosphonates are highly cost-effective in women over the age of 70 with osteoporosis and a previous fracture.  
    • Hip fracture prevention in at-risk, postmenopausal women saves $333 million annually.