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A recent International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) report outlining the burden of osteoporosis in six European countries, reveals that osteoporosis is massively undertreated, at great human and health economic cost. Read more
Released today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), a new report looking at the burden and management of fragility fractures in six European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom), has highlighted the hidden, but very real, burden of fragility fractures – with the estimated associated cost at €37.5 billion per year threatening to cripple European... Read more
Asia Pacific – the world’s most populous region – is ageing rapidly.1 In 2016, the region’s 4.5 billion-strong population represented 60 per cent of the global population,1 more than 12 per cent of whom were aged 60 years or older1– a figure projected to exceed 25 per cent by 2050.1 Read more
IOF Global Patient Charter
Launched with a call for ‘No more broken bones’, the IOF Global Patient Charter, a new initiative by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in cooperation with patient societies worldwide, will seek to drive global action for improved osteoporosis prevention and fracture patient care. Read more
With the first of the baby boomer generation now entering their eighties, the next decade will see a significant increase in the number of people living with osteoporosis and experiencing the often devastating outcome of fragility fractures. Read more
On December 12-13, 2016, IOF participated at the NCD Alliance and the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) European meeting on the role of civil society in the regional response to NCDs. Read more
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Worldwide, there is growing concern about declining osteoporosis treatment rates. One reason is that, despite the potentially devastating and life-changing consequences of osteoporotic fractures, an increasing number of patients are reluctant to take osteoporosis therapies. Read more
During the week of October 3rd, 2016, Dr. John P. Bilezikian, Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chair for International  Education and Research at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York,  led three seminal events  in Yerevan, Armenia. Read more
Approximately 80% of those who have already suffered a broken bone due to osteoporosis remain unprotected against the risk of further disabling fractures, according to a new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in anticipation of World Osteoporosis Day. Read more
The facts are alarming. Despite the serious increase in the human and socioeconomic burden of fragility fractures, there has been a tremendous decline in the rate of testing, diagnosis and treatment of high-risk patients. In the USA, the rate of patients aged 50 and above on osteoporosis drug therapy after a hip fracture declined from 40.2% in 2002 to 20.5% in 2011. Read more

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