Objective To estimate the proportion of patients with very severe osteoporosis (those covered by the reimbursement criteria of the Italian National Health Service) experiencing new vertebral and non-vertebral fragility fractures in the first 24 months of a new anti-osteoporosis treatment. Methods Prospective observational study in men and post-menopausal women (aged > 21 years) initiating anti-osteoporosis treatment for very severe osteoporosis. Eligibility was based on teriparatide (TPD) reimbursement criteria in Italy: Incident of vertebral or hip fracture during anti-resorptive treatment (minimum 1 year), or at least three prevalent severe vertebral fractures, or two prevalent severe vertebral fractures and a historical proximal hip fracture. Incidence of new clinical vertebral and non-vertebral fractures was documented by original x-rays and/or radiological reports, and a post-hoc analysis compared data from the TPD monotherapy population versus the total treated group. Results Overall, 767 patients (mean age 72.8 years, 90.7% women) were enrolled in the study, of whom 628, 538, 419 and 424 attended visits at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months, respectively. The most commonly prescribed therapy was TPD (single-agent; 64.5%), then bisphosphonates and other anti-resorptives (33.3%). A combination of different oral treatments was given to 22.5% of the patients. Overall treatment adherence at 24 months was 65.7%. In a post-hoc analysis, the overall incidence of new clinical vertebral and non-vertebral fractures in the total treated population was, respectively, 4.7% and 2.3% in the first 6 months; 1.8% and 1.6% in the 6-12 month period; 2.9% and 1.4% in the 12-18 month period; and 2.2% and 1.0% in the 18-24 month period. Conclusion In patients with very severe osteoporosis, the risk of new vertebral and non-vertebral fractures declined after the first 6 months and remained low throughout the study.
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