Many Women Fail to Pick up Osteoporosis Prescriptions

Nearly 30% of women fail to pick up their newly prescribed osteoporosis medication, bisphosphonate, increasing their risk for bone fractures, according to a Kaiser Permanente study. The study examined the electronic health records of 8,454 women, ages 55 years or older, who were Kaiser Permanente Southern California members between December 2009 and March 2011 and were prescribed a new bisphosphonate medication. It found that 29.5 percent of these women did not pick up their prescription within 60 days of the order date. In particular, older women and those who utilized the emergency department in the prior year were less likely to pick up their bisphosphonate prescription. However, women taking other prescription medications and those who had been hospitalized in the prior year were more likely to pick up their bisphosphonate prescription, according to the researchers.
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