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Using the Web to Bone Up on Osteoporosis

Katherine M. Bennett

With more prescription drugs available for preventing and treating osteoporosis, patients need the help of their pharmacists to ensure proper care. Learn more about osteoporosis by checking out these Web sites: (National Osteoporosis Foundation)—Select "For Professionals" to get an evidence-based Physician’s Guide to preventing, detecting, and treating osteoporosis. (National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease National Resource Center)—Site provides “fast facts” on osteoporosis, proceedings of a recent consensus development conference, and a newsletter summarizing the latest scientific findings. (Health Council on Osteoporosis)—Strengthen your educational program with an excellent slide kit covering all aspects of osteoporosis, courtesy of Merck & Co. (Health Council on Osteoporosis)—Electronic access, sponsored by Merck & Co., to Advances in Osteoporosis, a quarterly journal containing abstracts and a critical analysis of the osteoporosis literature.

[—Funded by several NIH institutes and the Public Health Service, the National Resource Center is a repository of information about osteoporosis and related metabolic bone diseases. Free publications and custom bibliographies addressing new research, treatment, coping strategies, and many other topics are available for use by health professionals and the public.]