Explain How Meds for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Stack Up
The plethora of med options will raise questions about how to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis...especially with conflicting guidelines.
Which med should be used first? Stick with oral alendronate for most patients. It's about $60/year...versus $1,700 for risedronate.
If patients can't take an oral bisphosphonate, suggest once-yearly IV zoledronic acid (Reclast). It's about $270/year plus infusion costs.