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Mar 2012

Improving the Care of Our Patients Who Are Receiving Glucocorticoid Therapy: Comment on “Prevention of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis in Immunobullous Diseases With Alendronate ”

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(3):314-315. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.2715

The study by Tee et al,1 which was first published online last November in the Archives, convincingly shows that the use of bisphosphonates in patients who are receiving long-term steroid therapy for bullous diseases can reduce steroid-induced osteoporosis. This is equally true for nonbullous diseases, as has been demonstrated in many placebo-controlled randomized trials reported in the medical literature. Numerous studies have also demonstrated poor bisphosphonate implementation in populations at risk for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.

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