The International Osteoporosis Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Switzerland, said it teamed with the University of Oxford, Amgen, and UCB to reduce the public health burden of osteoporosis.
On Tuesday, the IOF formed a partnership with the three entities to support its “Capture the Fracture” program to reduce hip and vertebral fractures by 25 percent by 2025.
The global program helps patients who experienced an osteoporosis-related fracture to prevent subsequent fractures through examinations and tests. It proactively implements post-fracture care (PFC) coordination programs in hospitals and healthcare systems.
According to the IOF, over 200 million people worldwide have osteoporosis, and an osteoporosis-related fracture occurs every three seconds.
The IOF said it planned to double the 390 existing Capture the Fracture programs by the end of 2022 in key regions, including Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.
The IOF would also seek coalitions on international, national, and regional levels to prompt a change in fracture prevention policy, it said.
“Capture the Fracture is an incredible opportunity to take the academic skills and expertise from the university to deliver real improvements in patient care for osteoporosis,” said Dr. Kassim Javaid, associate professor of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) at the University of Oxford.
He said the program could change millions of lives and looked forward to working with local and international colleagues to realize the vision.
Darryl Sleep, senior vice president of Global Medical and chief medical officer at Amgen, said early intervention through improved post-fracture identification, diagnosis, and treatment in appropriate patients could help improve outcomes while also lessening the cost burden on healthcare systems.
“Supporting Capture the Fracture represents our proactive approach to care designed to predict and help prevent potentially life-altering fractures before they happen,” he added.
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