Randomized controlled study on the prevention of osteoporotic fractures (OF study): a phase IV clinical study of 15-mg menatetrenone capsules

J Bone Miner Metab. 2009;27(1):66-75. doi: 10.1007/s00774-008-0008-8. Epub 2008 Dec 12.


An open-label study with blinded evaluation was performed to compare the preventive effect of a calcium supplement alone (monotherapy) or calcium supplement plus menatetrenone (combined therapy) on fracture in osteoporotic postmenopausal women aged 50 years or older. Patients were randomized to receive monotherapy (n = 2,193) or combined therapy (n = 2,185). Before randomization, the subjects were stratified into a subgroup without vertebral fractures (n = 2,986; no-fracture subgroup) and a subgroup with at least one vertebral fracture (n = 1,392; fracture subgroup). The incidence rate of new vertebral fractures during 36 months of treatment (primary endpoint) did not differ significantly between either subgroup of the two treatment groups. Although the cumulative 48-month incidence rate of new clinical fractures (secondary endpoint) was lower in the combined therapy group, the difference was not significant. There was a lower risk of new vertebral fractures in patients with at least five baseline fractures who received combined therapy. Also, the loss of height was less with combined therapy than with monotherapy among patients 75 years of age or older at enrollment, those whose last menstrual period occurred 30 years or more before enrollment, and those with at least five vertebral fractures at enrollment. Adverse events and adverse reactions were more frequent in the combined therapy group. In conclusion, menatetrenone therapy was not effective for preventing vertebral fractures in the full analysis set of this study, but the results suggested that it may prevent vertebral fractures in patients with more advanced osteoporosis.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase IV
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Calcium, Dietary / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Hemostatics / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / complications*
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / drug therapy*
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / pathology
  • Spinal Fractures* / etiology
  • Spinal Fractures* / prevention & control
  • Vitamin K 2 / analogs & derivatives*
  • Vitamin K 2 / therapeutic use


  • Calcium, Dietary
  • Hemostatics
  • Vitamin K 2
  • menatetrenone