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2012-05-10 09:50:59

ASBMR calls for more research to refine recommendations further The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that physicians should reassess patients with osteoporosis who are being treated with a class of drugs called bisphosphonates after three to five years of therapy to determine whether they should continue treatment. Bisphosphonates are a widely prescribed class of drugs that are proven to be effective in reducing common bone fractures in people with osteoporosis and at...

2012-04-05 23:00:46

On March 19th, 2012 the US FDA announced the approval of the first Boniva generics to treat or prevent osteoporosis. Boniva and Fosamax belong to the class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. Fosamax, manufactured by Merck, is a drug approved by the FDA in 1995 to treat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. On February 27th, 2012, a jury trial began in the Superior Court for Atlantic County, New Jersey in In re: Fosamax Litigation (No. 282). Plaintiffs allege that using Fosamax caused...

2012-04-03 10:00:18

Drugs that are commonly used to prevent osteoporosis may increase the risk of serious inflammatory eye disease in first-time users, found an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Oral bisphosphonates, the most commonly prescribed class of drugs used to prevent osteoporosis, have been linked to adverse events such as unusual fractures, irregular heartbeat, and esophageal and colon cancer. Some case reports have shown an association between these drugs and anterior uveitis...

2012-03-21 21:26:26

Low bone density medications, such as Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel, may have a protective effect for endometrial cancer, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital. Endometrial cancer affects more than 45,000 women a year in the U.S., usually in their 60s, although it can occur before 40. A type of uterine cancer, it's the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer, and there is no known preventive medication for women at high risk of developing it. "The results of the study suggest...

2012-03-15 07:00:00

Parker Waichman LLP Files 36 Fosamax Lawsuit on Behalf of Women throughout the U.S. Who Allegedly Suffered Femur Fracture Side Effects After Using the Bisphosphonate, Fosamax, for Several Years New York, New York (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing people injured by defective drugs, has filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of women throughout the U.S. who allegedly suffered femur fractures due to their long-term use of Fosamax. According the firm,...

2012-02-08 12:33:23

There is growing evidence that supports an association between atypical fractures of the femur— a rare break of the thigh bone, typically without trauma — and the use of bisphosphonates, drugs proven to enhance bone density and reduce fracture incidence caused by osteoporosis. While the risk for suffering an atypical femur fracture while taking bisphosphonates is still very small — just 1 in 1,000 patients after six years of treatment — research presented today at the...


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