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Physicians Quick Resources

Osteoporosis Guideline Recommendations

Osteoporosis Canada 2010 Guidelines - Link

Endocrine Society 2019 Osteoporosis Treatment Guidelines - Link

Endocrine Society 2020 Osteoporosis Treatment Guidelines Update - Link

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis—2020 Update - Link

North American Menopause Society, Management of postmenopausal osteoporosis - 2021 position statement - Link

2017 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Prevention and Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis - Link

National Osteoporosis Foundation 2014, Clinician’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis - Link

Pharmacare Special Authority Criteria in BC For Osteoporosis Drugs

Alendronate, including in combination with cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) - Link


Risedronate 5mg and 35mg - Link


Zoledronic acid - Link

Denosumab - Link


Estradiol patches/transdermal gel - Link


Raloxifene - Link


Note: Drugs which are not listed on BC PharmaCare do not have published Special Authority Criteria

Pharmacare Special Authority Criteria in BC For Osteoporosis Drugs

Used for other Indications 

Alendronate 40mg - Link


Risedronate 30mg - Link


Pamidronate - Link

Local Zoledronic Acid Infusion Clinics

The fax forms below are the IV zoledronic acid prescription and order for infusion by a registered nurse. The pharmacy provides your patient medication counseling, coordinates infusion appointment, checks patient labs and advises on hydration protocol prior to medication infusion.

Note: wet signature required on prescriptions

For Vancouver

For Kelowna

Exercise References

Recommended by our Geriatric Medicine specialists, the SAIL (Strategies and Actions for Independent Living) Program has exercises for patients with all mobility levels to help maintain muscle strength and improve balance:

SAIL 1: Sitting

SAIL 2: Standing

SAIL 3: Moving


You can also provide your patient with this helpful handout from Osteoporosis Canada, which incorporates aerobic exercise recommendations and highlights posture awareness.

Too Fit to Fall or Fracture

Or email your patient this link to the FULL program workbook:

Recommendations for Osteoporosis Care During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Caring for our patients during this global pandemic is very challenging. As such, one of our BCCOP working groups put together this concise document to help guide osteoporosis care during these unprecedented times.


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