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8 million women and 2 million men are affected by Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis most frequently occurs with increasing age, as bone tissue is progressively lost over time.

Managing osteoporosis can be overwhelming for patients. Our dedicated Clinical Care Team of pharmacists, nurses, and patient care coordinators assist patients with their healthcare insurance, investigate financial assistance for high co-pays, and provide counseling and drug education.

When you start your therapy, we’ll provide information and training to ensure you understand how to and when to take your medication, and can anticipate any side effects. Then we’ll follow up to check in and answer questions. We’re also available 24/7 if questions arise.

Symptoms

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by bone loss and reduction in bone strength, which leads to an increased risk of fractures. Although fractures can occur at almost any skeletal site, the most common are vertebral and hip fractures.

Patients suffering vertebral fractures are often asymptomatic but may experience some lower back pain and immobility. In contrast, nonvertebral fractures frequently present as severe pain, swelling, and reduced function or mobility at the fracture site. However, many patients are unaware they have osteoporosis until they are tested for a fracture.

Risk Factors

Although it can affect all ethnic groups, osteoporosis is most common among Caucasian and Asian populations. It is prevalent among post menopausal women but may also occur in men and women, usually over the age of 50, with major risk factors associated with bone demineralization.

Osteoporosis-related fractures are more common among women than men, which is likely due to a lower peak bone mass as well as the loss of ovarian function at menopause. The incidence of osteoporotic fractures has been estimated at 2 million annually with total medical costs nearing $17 billion.

Fractures are themselves risk factors for future fractures, and can occur upon bending, lifting, or falling, or may be independent of any activity. In addition to bone density and prior fractures, age, family history of osteoporosis-related fractures, low body weight, smoking, and excessive alcohol use are all independent risk factors for fracture.

Prevention & Treatment

The primary goal of osteoporosis management is prevention, beginning with a bone-healthy lifestyle. Adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D is important in both prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for calcium in adults is 1,000 to 1,200 mg of elemental calcium daily with diet as the preferred source. Supplements may be added when diet is insufficient. The RDA for vitamin D in adults up to 70 years of age is 600 units (IU) and 800 to 1000 units daily in patients greater than 70 years old.

A Personalized Approach to the Patient Experience

We review all of the medications our patients are taking. Then we dive deep into their medical history to provide complete medication therapy management. This comprehensive standard of care means higher adherence levels and healthier patients.

  • Reducing and/or Delaying Disease Progression
  • Enhancing Patient’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction
  • Keeping Patients in the Workforce and/or School Longer
  • Decreasing Healthcare Costs
  • Monitor Medication Adherence
  • Managing Medication Side Effects
  • Recognizing and Responding to Suboptimal Responses to Therapy

If you’re living with osteoporosis the Aureus Team is here to help. Please call us at: (844) 428-7387 or email us at info@aureushealthservices.com

Aureus is here for you.

Aureus, a Meijer Specialty Pharmacy, is making a difference in the lives of people living with a chronic or severe illness. Our caring team of pharmacists, nurses and clinicians are here to answer all your questions. We treat our patients like they are family. Our Care Teams have the clinical expertise and patient-first approach to help you get the treatment you need as fast and as straight forward as possible.