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The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Apr 25, 2005 (Issue 1207)
A 10-year study of daily oral alendronate (Fosamax) and a 7-year study of daily oral risedronate (Actonel) indicate that both drugs maintained increases in bone mineral density (BMD) and decreases in markers of bone remodeling throughout the study period. Both drugs are now more commonly taken once weekly. Available data are insufficient to compare fracture rates with alendronate and risedronate, and fracture rates are considered the most important endpoint in osteoporosis studies. Recent reports of severe pain and jaw osteonecrosis with these drugs are disturbing.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Aug 30, 2004 (Issue 1190)
The FDA has approved a new low-dose estrogen patch (Menostar - Berlex) for prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Unlike other estrogen patches, it is not approved for treatment of hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms. Promotional material from the manufacturer suggests that this low dose of estrogen could prevent osteoporosis without some of the adverse effects of higher doses.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Feb 03, 2003 (Issue 1149)
Teriparatide (ter i par' a tide; Forteo - Lilly), a recombinant segment of human parathyroid hormone, has been approved by the FDA for parenteral treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, and in men with idiopathic or hypogonadal osteoporosis, who are at high risk for fracture. Teriparatide is the first approved treatment for osteoporosis that stimulates bone formation. Other drugs approved for this indication inhibit bone resorption (Treatment Guidelines from the Medical Letter 2002;1:13).
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Oct 14, 2002 (Issue 1141)
A once-weekly 35-mg oral formulation of the bisphosphonate risedronate (Actonel) has been approved by the FDA for prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. A once-weekly formulation of alendronate (Fosamax) was approved last year (Medical Letter 2001; 43:26). Bisphosphonates bind to the mineral surface of bone and decrease osteoclast activity, inhibiting the resorption phase of the bone turnover cycle. These drugs are not metabolized and remain bound to bone for several weeks.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Dec 10, 2001 (Issue 1120)
Since the last Medical Letter article on glucosamine for osteoarthritis (vol.39, page 91, September 26, 1997), more data have become available. Glucosamine is available in US pharmacies and health food stores as sulfate, hydrochloride or n-acetyl salt.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Mar 19, 2001 (Issue 1100)
Once-a-week formulations of alendronate (Fosamax) in 35- and 70-mg tablets have now been approved by the FDA and are being heavily promoted for prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. A new formulation of risedronate (Actonel) for once-a-week use is under development and may be available next year.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 29, 2000 (Issue 1079)
Meloxicam, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with some cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) selectivity in vitro, has been approved by the FDA for treatment of osteoarthritis.
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • Apr 03, 2000 (Issue 1075)
Claims for the superiority of various calcium supplements are now appearing on television and in the print media. A high calcium intake combined with vitamin D can increase bone density and reduce the incidence of fractures in older women and probably also in men.