Limited Coverage Drugs - Special Authority Criteria

Generic Name / Strength / Form

risedronate 5mg & 35mg

Criteria Approval Period

Clinical or radiographically-documented fracture due to osteoporosis


Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in patients who are receiving or expected to receive the equivalent dose of 7.5 mg of prednisone per day or greater AND for 90 consecutive days or longer.



1 year

Practitioner Exemptions

  • No practitioner exemptions

Special Notes

  • Clinical fracture is defined as a symptomatic (painful) fracture.
  • Radiographically-documented fracture is defined as a fracture identified by X-ray (e.g., vertebral compression fracture). This may be asymptomatic.
  • Coverage is intended for patients taking glucocorticoids with significant systemic absorption only (i.e., by oral or parenteral routes).

Special Authority Request Form(s)

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