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Abaloparatide Before Total Knee Arthroplasty

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University of Wisconsin (UW)

Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 4


Arthroplasties, Knee Replacement


Drug: Abaloparatide

Study type


Funder types



A534255 (Other Identifier)
Protocol Version 3/22/2021 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


The investigator hypothesizes that treating osteoporotic patients with abaloparatide prior to and after total knee arthroplasty will significantly reduce the amount of bone loss.

Full description

In primary unilateral total knee arthroplasty patients, The investigator will examine the effect of daily abaloparatide therapy in clinical osteoporotic patients beginning 3 months pre-op and continued for a total of 15 months. This will be compared to osteopenic patients receiving no therapy as well as previously published values in untreated osteoporotic patients 12 months following Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA).


58 patients




55+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria 1. Post-menopausal women and men age ge ≥ 55 years and scheduled to undergo primary TKA at the University of Wisconsin Total Joint Program. 2. Osteoporosis, i.e., BMD T-score (using female reference data) ≤ -2.5 at the lumbar spine, femoral neck OR total hip or ≤ -1.1 with Vertebral Fracture Assessment confirmed vertebral fracture or history of low-trauma nonvertebral fracture in the past 5 years OR osteopenia, BMD T-score (using female reference data) -1.1 to -2.4 at the lumbar spine, femoral neck or total hip and no prior low-trauma fracture. 3. Serum calcium (albumin-corrected), serum creatinine and Parathyroid(PTH) values all within the normal range and 25(OH)D \> 10 ng/mL. 4. Willing to supplement with daily calcium and/or vitamin D3 at protocol specified doses. 5. Able to provide written informed consent. Exclusion Criteria 1. Unevaluable distal femur BMD due to hardware or other artifacts. 2. History of bone disorders (e.g., Paget's disease) other than osteoporosis. 3. History of prior external beam or implant radiation therapy involving the skeleton other than radioiodine. 4. History of chronic or recurrent renal, hepatic, pulmonary, allergic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, central nervous system, hematologic or metabolic diseases, or immunologic, emotional and/or psychiatric disturbances that, in opinion of the principal investigator, would compromise study data validity. 5. History of Cushing's disease, growth hormone deficiency or excess, hyperthyroidism, hypo- or hyperparathyroidism or malabsorptive syndromes within the past year. 6. History of significantly impaired renal function (serum creatinine \>2.0 mg/dL. If the serum creatinine is \> 1.5 and ≤ 2.0 mg/dL, the calculated creatinine clearance (Cockcroft-Gault) must be ≥ 37 mL/min. 7. History of nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis within the past five years. 8. History of cancer in prior 5 years (basal cell or squamous skin cancer is permissible). 9. History of osteosarcoma at any time. 10. Patients known to be positive for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV-1 or HIV-2. 11. Known hypersensitivity to any of the test materials or related compounds. 12. Prior treatment with PTH- or PTHrP-derived drugs, (ABL, teriparatide or PTH (1-84)). 13. Prior treatment with intravenous bisphosphonates at any time or oral bisphosphonates within the past three years. Patients who had received a short course of oral bisphosphonate therapy (3 months or less) may be enrolled as long as the treatment occurred 6 or more months prior to enrollment. 14. Treatment with fluoride or strontium in the past five years or prior treatment with bone-acting investigational agents at any time. 15. Treatment with calcitonin the past 6 months or denosumab in the past 18 months. 16. Treatment with anticonvulsants affecting vitamin D metabolism (phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine or primidone) or chronic heparin within the prior 6 months. 17. Treatment with anabolic steroids or calcineurin inhibitors (cyclosporin, tacrolimus) 18. Daily treatment with oral, intranasal or inhaled glucocorticoids in the prior 12 months. 19. Exposure to any investigational drug within 12 months. 20. Consumption of \> 2 alcoholic drinks per day or use of illegal drugs within 12 months of screening. 21. Not suitable for study participation due to other reasons at the investigators discretion.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

58 participants in 2 patient groups

Treatment group
Active Comparator group
Those with clinical osteoporosis who elect ABL treatment. ABL therapy will begin 3 months pre-TKA and continue for a total of 18 months. ABL will be administered by injection pen with dose of 80 mcg SC qDay.
Drug: Abaloparatide
Comparator group
No Intervention group
Those with clinical osteopenia who receive no treatment.

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Gretta Borchardt; Diane Krueger

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