How Safe Are the Drugs?

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May 12, 2010

Do the bone protecting drugs have the opposite effect on some? Recently, 25 patients taking bisphosphonates, drugs widely used to treat osteoporosis, reported unexplained leg fractures. Experts aren't sure why bone protecting drugs might have the opposite effect on some, but the number of these cases is tiny, compared with the millions who are safely taking the meds. An even more important number: Within a year of a hip fracture—often caused by osteoporosis—17% of patients die. Women who need the drugs shouldn't be scared away.

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