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Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Atypical Thigh Fractures

A new study has confirmed earlier reports linking a number of bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs to unusual thigh bone fractures. Medical experts are now attempting to determine the risks vs. benefits of using these medications. Patients are advised to re-evaluate the use of osteoporosis drugs if they’ve been using them for an extended period of time.

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Free Osteoporosis Drug Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered from an unexplained bone fracture or break after taking one of the osteoporosis medications listed in this article, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

May 9, 2011 – A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has confirmed previous research linking bisphosphonate osteoporosis medications to an increased risk of atypical thigh bone fractures.

The research involved 12,777 women over the age of 55 who suffered thigh bone fractures in 2008, and found that 59 of the patients had the unusual type of fracture. Of the 59 patients with atypical fractures, 78% were on bisphosphonates. The study also found a ‘dose-specific’ relationship between the drugs and the injuries, and that for every 100 days of bisphosphonate use, the risk of atypical fractures increased by 30%. Additionally, the risk of injury seemed to decline significantly once bisphosphonate use stopped, dropping by some 70% per year since the last use of the drug.

The new research gives credibility to the long-suspected link between osteoporosis drugs and atypical bone fractures. Melvin Rosenwasser, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, says that patients need to re-evaluate the use of the osteoporosis drugs after being on them for five years.

“If you have been taking the drug for five years, you should be tested to see if you still need to take anything,” he says. ”Our study and others have shown you need to take [the drugs] for more than five years to get into some of the side effects.”

Which Osteoporosis Drugs Contain Bisphosphonates?

The bisphosphonate class of drugs includes:

 

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