Boston, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 10/11/2012 -- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), osteoporosis is defined as a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture.
- Datamonitor's comprehensive treatment algorithms includes latest primary research showing physician-reported presentation and diagnosis rates.
- Gain insight into the most commonly used treatments across osteoporosis subgroups and find out how prescription habits differ between countries.
- Understand factors influencing prescribing habits in each market and read about unmet clinical needs.
With an increasingly aging population, bone loss and associated fragility fractures become progressively more important for healthcare providers and society; bone loss as the cause of fragility fractures is a modifiable risk. The market for anti-osteoporotic drugs is therefore growing and becoming more attractive.
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Disease awareness is relatively low and may negatively affect presentation rates. Improving awareness could achieve increased presentation and therefore diagnosis rates, a way of growing the market faster.
Diagnoses are mostly based on primary assessment from general practitioners, combined with the use of additional diagnostic techniques such as bone densitometry. Referrals to specialists occur in less than a third of cases for patients in first-line therapy.
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- What are the presentation and diagnosis rates in osteoporosis for each of the seven major markets?
- Which drugs are most commonly prescribed for each of the three osteoporosis severities and what factors influence physician prescribing decisions?
- What usually causes therapy changes and to what extent do osteoporosis patients get referred on to specialists?
- What are the highest priority needs in the osteoporosis market?
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