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FDA reviews safety of Osteoporosis medications. Dubai, UAE

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The New York Times (9/6, Wilson, Subscription Publication) reports that the Food and Drug Administration’s panels on drug safety and reproductive health will meet Friday to conduct a safety review of bisphosphonates, popular drugs in use since 1995 “to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis and Paget’s disease of the bone.” More recently there has been some evidence “linking long-term use with unusual breaks of the femur or thigh bone, bone death in the jaw, and possibly esophageal cancer.” The panels will consider recommending “‘drug holidays’ because of rising concerns about rare side effects with long-term use.” Brand names are Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Atelvia, and there are “growing numbers of generic copies.” FDA spokesman Jeff Ventura “said the agency would disclose its questions and a staff report possibly on Wednesday.”

The Wall Street Journal (9/6, Dooren, Subscription Publication) adds that the panel may also propose limiting use of the drugs to a fixed term. It also notes that over 300 women have suffered from the side effects mentioned above. It further reports that sales of the drugs have been declining over the last three years.

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