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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : February 2005
Do your patients understand the importance of calcium? 84% of Australian women 55 years and over do not get enough dietary calcium. Do they understand the consequences? 1 Inadequate calcium intake is a major risk factor for osteoporosis.2 • Calcium is required for normal bone development and maintenance3 • Low calcium intake is associated with osteoporosis, often resulting in bone fracture3 Osteoporosis is largely preventable.2 • Adequate calcium intake is essential for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis4 • After age 60, around 60% of women and 30% of men suffer osteoporotic fractures3 • The annual health cost of osteoporosis to the Australian community is $1.9 billion2 How Caltrate can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. One of the things you can do to help patients at risk of osteoporosis is to make sure they have adequate dietary calcium. Caltrate is an effective & economical calcium supplement, containing calcium carbonate, the most concentrated calcium salt. Calcium carbonate contains 40% elemental calcium, a higher percentage than in calcium citrate,5 and is equally bioavailable when taken with food.6 Each Caltrate tablet provides 600mg of elemental calcium, equivalent to 60-75% of the calcium Recommended Dietary Intake7 adults*– plus it’s lactose and gluten free. for Available on PBS restricted benefit For full active ingredients see the labels Assists in preventing and treating osteoporosis. Wyeth Consumer Healthcare Pty Limited 17-19 Solent Circuit, Norwest Business Park, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 Ph: (02) 9762 6100. Fax: (02) 9023 0010. Toll Free: 1800 283 195. www.wyethconsumer.com.au 1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. National Nutrition Survey. Nutrient intakes and physical measurements, Australia 1995. (Cat. No: 4805.0). 2. Osteoporosis Australia. The burden of brittle bones: costing osteoporosis in Australia. Access Economics Pty Limited, Canberra ACT, pp 1-36, September 2001. 3. National Health and Medical Research Council. Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults. Commonwealth of Australia 2003. 4. Wark JD, Nowson C. Calcium supplementation: the bare bones. Aust Prescr 2003;26:126-7. 5. Martindale. The complete drug reference, 33rd edition. Pharmaceutical Press, 2002, p 1189. 6. Heaney RP et al. Absorption of calcium as the carbonate and citrate salts, with some observations on method. Osteoporosis Int 1999;9(1):19-23. 7. National Health & Medical Research Council. Recommended dietary intakes for use in Australia. AGPS Canberra, 1991. ®Registered Trademark. *Except pregnant or lactating. McNABB WL7324