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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis New Drugs

12/27/2004

Question:

How come when I research on the internet treatments for osteoporosis - I find nothing on Zometa dnd Forteo? Are they approved? Successful? Risks involved. How do they compare to other drugs on the market.

Answer:

Zometa is not yet being marketed for osteoporosis.  It is being used for other bone diseases.   Forteo is approved for treatment of osteoporosis, but safety for use longer than 2 years has not been determined.  Forteo is generally reserved for severe osteoporosis.  It is given daily as a subcutaneous injection similar to insulin.  Approximate cost is $500 per month, compared to the other approved drugs at approximately $65.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati