Bone markers can give answers in 3 months. How long do your osteoporosis patients have to wait?

Bone structural changes are a slow process. Positive changes in bone mineral density that are identified by DXA testing are only apparent two years after starting therapy.6,7 Unfortunately, fewer than 50% of patients continue with their osteoporosis therapy for more than one year. Poor compliance compromises efforts to reduce fracture risk. Why wait for 2 years to determine if your patient management decision was correct? You and your patients don’t have to wait to determine if treatment is working when you incorporate bone markers into your treatment strategy. By using the Roche Elecsys® β-CrossLaps assay, you can confirm whether or not the prescribed medication worked much sooner than waiting two years for their next DXA scan.8,9