question: how can I afford Forteo?
Answer: why on earth prescribe or use a synthetic like Forteo? with all it’s risks eg see http://www.umm.edu/altmed/drugs/teriparatide-121950.htm; and http://www.drugs.com/forteo.html :
“What is the most important information I should know about Forteo?
This medication has been found to cause an increased risk of bone cancer in animal studies. It is not known if this risk is also increased in humans treated with Forteo. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk.Forteo can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. ”
So Insurance is right not to pay for it- all it benefits is the manufacturer, prescriber and dispenser. There do not seem to be any published followup data for Forteo beyond 3 years- not surprising since it involves daily injection at gigantic cost, and was only invented in 2002. Look at the lesson of bisphosphonates- increasing reports of bone (jaw, long bone) collapse since 1995.
Remember- the chief risk factor for fractures with osteoporosis is not low bone density but falls- inco-ordination and muscle frailty. So rather use permanently the basket of safe lowcost natural dozen anabolic supplements (including vitamins, minerals, proline and appropriate HRT) that protect ALL aging systems, detailed in previous papers under https://healthspanlife.wordpress.com/category/osteoporosis/