Once-yearly zoledronic acid in older men compared with women with recent hip fracture

Steven Boonen, Eric Orwoll, Jay Magaziner, Cathleen S. Colõn-Emeric, Jonathan D. Adachi, Christina Bucci-Rechtweg, Patrick Haentjens, Jean Marc Kaufman, Rene Rizzoli, Dirk Vanderschueren, Frank Claessens, An Sermon, Richard Witvrouw, Koen Milisen, Guoqin Su, Kenneth W. Lyles

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Objectives To assess the efficacy of once-yearly zoledronic acid (ZOL) 5 mg in increasing bone mineral density (BMD) in men with a recent hip fracture participating in the Health Outcomes and Reduced Incidence with Zoledronic Acid Once- Yearly Recurrent Fracture Trial and to compare the efficacy with that in women from the same study. Design Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. Setting International multicenter. Participants Five hundred and eight men and 1,619 women within 90 days of surgical repair of low-trauma hip fracture in the same study (for comparison). Intervention Once-yearly intravenous (IV) ZOL 5 mg (n = 248) or placebo (n = 260), loading dose of vitamin D, daily calcium, and vitamin D supplements. Measurement Changes in BMD. Results Percentage change from baseline in total hip BMD at Months 12 and 24 was significantly higher with ZOL than with placebo (between-group difference, 2.0%, P =.003, and 3.8%, P =.002, respectively). Percentage change from baseline in femoral neck BMD at Month 24 was significantly higher with ZOL than with placebo (3.8%, P =.003). The BMD benefit was comparable with that observed in women in this study. New clinical fractures occurred in 36 (7.1%) participants (ZOL, n = 16; placebo, n = 20; P =.64). The ZOL safety profile was comparable with that of placebo, with no significant differences in cardiovascular or long-term renal function and a trend toward lower mortality in ZOL-treated men. Conclusion Once-yearly IV ZOL 5 mg increases bone mass at the hip and femoral neck in men within 90 days of repair of a low-trauma hip fracture. Increases were of a similar magnitude to those observed in women in the same study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2084-2090
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • bone mineral density
  • hip fracture
  • men
  • once-yearly
  • osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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