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Drugs that put older people at risk for fractures are rarely stopped, study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4681 (Published 30 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4681
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Most elderly patients who fracture a hip, shoulder, or wrist are taking at least one drug that increases their risk of fracture before their injury, and most continue to take them after hospital discharge, a US study has found.1

Fractures are common in older people: a quarter of men and half of women aged over 50 experience a fracture. Hip fractures in particular are associated with considerable morbidity and mortality, as 44% of patients are readmitted to hospital and 21% die in the first year after the fracture.

In the new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Jeffrey …

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