Which medications in the drug class Parathyroid Hormone Analogs are used in the treatment of Osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Parathyroid Hormone Analogs

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the primary regulator of calcium and phosphate metabolism in bone and kidneys.

Teriparatide (Forteo, Bonsity)

Teriparatide is recombinant human PTH 1-34, which has identical sequence to the 34 N-terminal amino acids (the biologically active region) of 84-amino acid human PTH. This anabolic agent acts as endogenous PTH, thus regulating calcium and phosphate metabolism in bone and kidneys. It works primarily to stimulate new bone by increasing number and activity of osteoblasts (bone-forming cells).

Additional physiological actions include regulation of bone metabolism, renal tubular reabsorption of calcium and phosphate, and intestinal calcium absorption. Teriparatide increases BMD at the lumbar spine by 9-13% and the hip by 3-6% compared with placebo. When given intermittently, PTH increases bone remodeling with the net effect of increased bone mass and improved skeletal microarchitecture. (This is in contrast to continuous exposure to PTH, which increases bone resorption with a net effect of decreased trabecular bone volume). PTH promotes new bone formation, leading to increased BMD. It reduces the risk of spine fractures by 65% and nonspinal fractures by 54% in patients after an average of 18 mo of therapy. Teriparatide is approved for men or women at high risk of fracture due to primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis or postmenopausal osteoporosis, respectively.

Abaloparatide (Tymlos)

Synthetic peptide analog of human parathyroid hormone-related protein (hPTHrP); hPTHrP is a naturally occurring hormone that, among other functions, regulates bone formation. It elicits anabolic effect on bone, demonstrated by increases in bone mineral density and content that correlated with increases in bone strength at vertebral and/or nonvertebral sites. Daily SC administration for 18 mo was associated with significant reductions in the relative risk for new vertebral fractures (86% reduction) and nonvertebral fractures (43% reduction) compared with placebo. The absolute risk reductions were 3.6% and 2.0%, respectively.

It is indicated for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture, defined as a history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are intolerant to other available osteoporosis therapy.

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