Osteoporosis Drug

Patients with osteoporosis have a greater risk of breaking a bone in the spine, leg, hip, or other region than those without that condition.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of patients treated for this condition with a drug called alendronate.

After four years on this medicine, the study group had 36% fewer fractures than the placebo group.

This is a good treatment, and happily, there are other good medicines for osteoporosis as well.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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