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Standardized protocols would greatly enhance clinical and research potential of BTMs
Date:12/27/2010

ntific Advisors, stated "Whilst no perfect 'gold standard' marker exists, these were chosen based on a number of criteria. These include adequate characterisation and clear definition of the marker; their specificity for bone and performance in clinical studies; wide availability; biological and analytical variability; sample handling; stability; ease of analysis and availability of method in routine laboratories; and the medium of measurement (urine vs. serum)."

Professor John Kanis, IOF President, urged the adoption of the reference standards by the scientific community, "Without precluding the use of other BTMs, the adoption of these reference standards would facilitate comparison between studies and allow data from different studies to be pooled in order to facilitate their incorporation into routine clinical practice." He also noted that standardised protocols would greatly increase the clinical and research potential of BTMs, with improved value in patient management and other uses, such as prediction of the rate of bone loss, identification of secondary osteoporosis, prediction of response to therapy, and in improving treatment adherence.


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Contact: L. Misteli
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International Osteoporosis Foundation
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