Medical News Summary: New osteoporosis drug may prevent many fractures


About: New osteoporosis drug may prevent many fractures
Date: 23 November 2004
Medical News Summary: Osteoporosis affects 3 million people in the UK and is a factor in 300,000 fractures each year. It affects one in three women over 50 and 1 in 12 men over 50. Study results show that a newly released osteoporosis drug called Protelos can reduce the risk of spinal fracture by half after one year of medication. After 3 years of medication it can reduce the risk of hip fractures by a third. In those over 80, spinal fractures were reduced by a third. The drug works by reducing bone loss as well as assisting bone growth. The drug is easier to administer as it does not require the patient to sit upright for a time after taking the drug. However, one drawback is that it is expensive (25.60 pounds per month) which may exclude some potential patients.
Related Disease Topics: Osteoporosis, Bone thinning, Bone loss (see Weak bones), Spinal fracture, Hip fracture, Fracture

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