Bone Drug May Help After Hip Fracture
Osteoporosis Drug Reclast May Cut Bone Fractures, Death Rate After Hip Fracture
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Sept. 18, 2007 -- People who start taking the osteoporosis drug Reclast
after a hip fracture may live longer with fewer bone fractures.
Researchers report that news in The New England Journal of
Reclast is given by infusion once a year. The process takes 15 minutes.
Reclast, made by Novartis,
was approved by the FDA in August for the treatment of postmenopausal
osteoporosis. Its active ingredient, zoledronic acid, is also marketed by
Novartis under the brand name Zometa for use in certain cancer patients.
The new Reclast study suggests that taking Reclast after a hip fracture may
also be beneficial, and future research may add more information about which
patients may benefit the most.
Reclast After Hip Fracture
The study included 2,127 hip fracture patients who were about 74 years old,
Fracturing a hip is associated with a higher death rate in elders. It's not
that seniors die of a fractured hip, but being sidelined with a fractured hip
can lead to a downturn in health.
In the study, half of the patients began getting a yearly Reclast infusion
within 90 days of fracturing a hip. The other half of the group got an
injection that contained no medicine.
All of the patients took calcium and vitamin D supplements during the study.
They were typically followed for about two years and were allowed to use
certain other osteoporosis treatments.
During that time, patients who got Reclast were 35% less likely to fracture
any bone and 28% less likely to die.