2012-09-30 16:18:07 - A condition plagued by low diagnosis and treatment rates, low compliance, and the side effects of the key bisphosphonate class
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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* Strategic scoping and focus
* Datamonitor key findings
* Related reports
TREATMENT TREES AND PATIENT PROFILES
* Patient profiles: seven major markets
* Treatment trees: seven major markets
DISEASE DEFINITION AND DIAGNOSIS
* Disease definition
PATIENT SEGMENTATION, PRESENTATION, AND DIAGNOSIS
* BMD measurements are not always sufficient to predict fracture risk
* Diagnosed osteopenia cases outweigh osteoporosis cases by far
* Presentation and diagnosis
* More women than men present to a physician for a potential diagnosis of osteoporosis, reflecting higher disease prevalence in females
* Diagnosis rates differ somewhat across the seven major markets
* There is much scope for improvement in raising awareness about osteoporosis
* Osteoporosis may be underdiagnosed and undertreated in many countries due to its asymptomatic nature
* Fragility fractures and associated co-morbidities are responsible for the socioeconomic burden that osteoporosis causes
* Nearly a quarter of osteopenia and osteoporosis diagnoses are made without the use of DXA scanning
* Patients in first and second-line therapy are predominantly treated by primary care physicians, while referrals are frequent after second-line treatment failure
* Treatment rates
* Pharmacological treatment makes up the bulk of osteoporosis therapy at any severity
* Compliance with anti-osteoporotic treatment regimens is relatively poor
CURRENT TREATMENT OPTIONS
* Pharmacological vs non-pharmacological
* Overview of the available drug classes
* Novel treatment classes currently in clinical trials
* Prescribing trends
* Usage of calcium and vitamin D declines with disease progression
* Calcitonin may soon no longer be recommended for the ongoing treatment of osteoporosis
* Alendronate remains the most commonly prescribed drug in osteoporosis therapy
* Changes in therapy
* Atypical fractures, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and gastric reflux are equally important reasons to switch patients away from bisphosphonate therapy
PRESCRIBING INFLUENCES AND UNMET NEEDS
* Prescribing influences
* Efficacy on fracture risk reduction is the most important attribute when a treatment is prescribed
* Treatment outcomes: unmet needs
* Increased efficacy in preventing hip fractures ranks highest among unmet needs according to physicians
* Journal papers
* Datamonitor reports
* Physician data
* Survey questionnaire
* Conferences attended
* Table: Comparison of assessment methods and referral rates between primary care physicians and specialists across the seven major markets, 2012
* Table: Percentage of patients referred to a specialist by a primary care physician: from first to second line of treatment and second to third line of treatment, across the seven major markets, 2012
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