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the study conservatively assumed that pharmacologic therapy would not measurably reduce fractures. The analysis focused on two sub-groups: high risk (osteoporosis with prevalent vertebral fracture) and moderate risk (osteoporosis without prevalent vertebral fracture). Fracture incidence rates and costs, population size, distribution, mortality and side effects of osteoporosis therapy were estimated from Medicare databases or published literature.

Testing an additional 180,000 women aged 65 and older with osteoporosis or osteopenia was estimated to reduce the incidence of hip, spine and wrist fractures by 6,683 over three years. This reduction in fractures led to a calculated overall Medicare budget savings of $15.5 million over three years. Direct medical costs were reduced by $32.3 million, but these savings were partially offset by higher BMD test costs ($12.1 million) and increased adverse event costs ($4.7 million) for patients initiating therapy after BMD testing. Net patient costs were estimated to increase by $12.9 million over three years. Savings in direct patient medical costs ($11.4 million) were offset by increases in costs for BMD testing ($2.4 million), bone-specific agents ($20.7 million), and adverse events ($1.2 million).

The study was sponsored by The Alliance for Better Bone Health.

About The Alliance for Better Bone Health

The Alliance for Better Bone Health was formed by Procter & Gamble and Aventis in May 1997 to promote bone health and disease awareness through numerous activities to support physicians and patients around the globe.

About Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is celebrating 165 years of providing trusted quality brands that make every day better for the world's consumers. P&G markets nearly 300 brands in more than 160 countries around the world. The P&G community consists of nearly 102,000 employees working in almost 80 countries worldwide.
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