Osteoporosis Information and Resources

Fund Status and Eligibility

Fully Allocated - Effective 06/06/2014, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Osteoporosis Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.

Maximum Award Level: $3,000 Per Year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient should be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
  • Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Osteoporosis.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.

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Information About the Disease

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease and researchers estimate that about 1 out of 5 American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body or both. As a woman ages, calcium and phosphate may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones, which makes the bone tissue weaker. This can result in brittle, fragile bones that are more prone to fractures, even without injury. The leading causes of osteoporosis are a drop in estrogen in women at the time of menopause and a drop in testosterone in men. Women over the age of 50 and men over the age of 70 have a higher risk for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Resources

National Osteoporosis Foundation

Phone: 800-231-4222 - www.nof.org

American Osteopathic Association

Phone: 800-621-1773 - www.osteopathic.org

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Phone: 512-442-4262 - www.aanp.org

American College of Rheumatology

Phone: 404-633-3777 - www.rheumatology.org

American Bone Health

Phone: 888-266-3015 - www.americanbonehealth.org

 

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