Medical News Summary: Osteoporosis drug (Forteo) can increase bone mass by 15% in two years


About: Osteoporosis drug (Forteo) can increase bone mass by 15% in two years
Date: 31 May 2004
Source: The Advocate
Author: Laurie Smith Anderson
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by The Advocate): An 80 year old woman who has already suffered two broken legs from osteoporosis is currently trying a new drug – Forteo – which can stimulate new bone formation. 25 million Americans are believed to be suffering from osteoporosis and ¾ of these are women. However, 1/3 of the women over 50 don’t realize they have the disease until they have a fracture. Studies show that there is a 15% increase over two years in bone mass for patients who take Forteo. The medication is helpful to 97% of patients and has very few side effects. After building bone mass over two years, patients are usually put back onto Fosamax to maintain the bone they have built.
Related Disease Topics: Osteoporosis

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