A study at Kaiser Permanente finds 29.5 percent of women prescribed bisphosphonates, a class of drugs to prevent loss of bone mass in patients with osteoporosis and similar bone diseases, failed to pick up their prescription.

Failure to take the medication can increase risk of fractures, according to Kaiser, which published study findings in the journal Osteoporosis International. The study examined electronic health records of 8,454 women at least 55 years of age in Kaiser’s Southern California region who were prescribed the medications between December 2009 and March 2011.

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