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Comment & Response
July 2016

Osteoporosis Overtreatment—A Clinical Problem That Needs to Be Discussed

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  • 1Institute of Metabolism and Endocrinology, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(7):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2731

To the Editor We read with interest the article by Fenton et al1 published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine that reported overtreatment of osteoporosis through a retrospective cohort study that included 6150 women aged 40 to 85 years. The authors defined the treatment criteria of osteoporosis should be the T score less than −2.5 at main site. According to their standard, two-thirds of new osteoporosis drug prescriptions could be potentially inappropriate. However, we have some concerns about this study.

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