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Program Detail

Release Date: May-27-11
Credit Expiration Date: May-27-12


Felicia Cosman, MD
Endocrinologist, Osteoporosis Specialist
Medical Director, Clinical Research Center
Regional Bone Center
Helen Hayes Hospital
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Columbia University
West Haverstraw, NY

Credit Hours



Clinical Case Challenge (Online)

Program Description

Osteoporosis, a systemic skeletal disease characterized by decreased bone mass and compromised bone strength, is a major health problem affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States alone. Over half of adults over age 50 may be at risk for the condition, which is usually clinically silent until a fracture occurs. Although there has been an increase in therapeutic options to treat patients who have or are at risk for osteoporosis, it remains a major health threat with staggering consequences.

Complications of osteoporosis include fractures, disability, and chronic pain. Fractures can lead to significant loss in quality of life with reduced mobility and often lead to premature death. Primary care providers are uniquely positioned to play a substantial role in addressing osteoporosis. Unfortunately, measures to identify and treat women and men at risk are underused in clinical practice. This educational initiative will provide primary care practitioners with clinical knowledge, tools, and patient education strategies that will lead to better management of osteoporosis and improved patient quality of life.

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed to meet the needs of primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients who have or are at risk for osteoporosis.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Counsel patients about their individual risk of osteoporosis and related fractures.
  2. Compare the short and long-term side effects and efficacy profiles of osteoporosis therapies.


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Dr. Cosman discloses that she has received grant or research support from Eli Lilly & Co. and Novartis. She has also served on the advisory boards and speakers' bureaus of Amgen Inc., Eli Lilly & Co., Merck, and Novartis.

Credit Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Medical Communications Media. Purdue University College of Pharmacy, an equal access/equal opportunity institution, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Purdue University College of Pharmacy designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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