May 13, 2016 • By
A task force of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) has released new recommendations delineating the potential benefits and risks of prolonged therapy with oral and IV bisphosphonate therapy and providing guidance on duration of bisphosphonate therapy for postmenopausal osteoporosis.1The task force makes clear that data and clinical experience on which to base the recommendations are limited and that the approach for long-term bisphosphonate therapy use is based on evidence in mostly white postmenopausal women. Task force co-chairs Robert A. Adler, MD, and Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, told The Rheumatologist, “Despite all the research in osteoporosis, our knowledge base for long-term management of this common chronic disorder is very limited.”
Dr. Adler is chief of endocrinology and metabolism at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and professor of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond; Dr. El-Hajj Fuleihan is professor of medicine and founding director of the Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. The task force comprised experts in osteoporosis management, epidemiology, endocrinology, geriatrics and drug surveillance, a bone scientist not in the osteoporosis field and an ethicist.