Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 25, Supplement 1, pp 121–124 | Cite as

The bone anabolic therapy

  • A. Nardi
  • L. Ventura
  • L. Cozzi
  • G. Tonini
  • R. Zennaro
  • M. Celi
  • E. Ramazzina
Short Communication


Teriparatide (TPTD), the amino-terminal parathyroid hormone recombinant peptide [PTH (1–34)], is a drug with a proven anabolic action on the bone, effective in preventing vertebral and non-vertebral fragility fractures. Recent publications have investigated in great detail the TPTD action on the cortical bone, highlighting the increased strength in the critical zone of the hip with high risk of fracture in osteoporotic patients Poole (PLoS ONE 6:e16190, 2011). In November 2002, TPTD was approved by the FDA for use in post-menopausal women and men with osteoporosis at high risk of fracture and in patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and, since then, has been used to treat more than 1 million patients worldwide (J Bone Miner Res 27(12):2429–2437, 2012). The unchanged safety profile and the well-known mechanism of action of this drug have led doctors to explore the use of TPTD in other conditions such as delayed fracture healing, non-union, osteonecrosis of the jaw, etc. The positive reports that have resulted from these studies are helping to hypothesize a new perspective on the wider use of this drug, but warrant further clinical investigation to consolidate these results.


Parathyroid hormone (PTH) Teriparatide (TPTD) Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Nardi
    • 1
  • L. Ventura
    • 2
  • L. Cozzi
    • 1
  • G. Tonini
    • 1
  • R. Zennaro
    • 3
  • M. Celi
    • 4
  • E. Ramazzina
    • 5
  1. 1.Osteoarticolar Pathology ServiceULSS 18RovigoItaly
  2. 2.Internal MedicineAzienda Ospedaliera Carlo PomaMantuaItaly
  3. 3.Internal MedicineULSS 19Porto ViroItaly
  4. 4.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”, “Policlinico Tor Vergata” FoundationRomeItaly
  5. 5.Internal MedicineULSS 18RovigoItaly

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