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New Evidence of Fracture Risk From Bone Drugs

Study Shows Rare Risk of Femur Fracture From Bisphosphonates

Bisphosphonates: Risks vs. Benefits

Nelson Watts, MD, who directs the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center at the University of Cincinnati, says people who need to be on bisphosphonates should not be afraid to take them.

“If there is a causal association, this study suggests that it is extremely small,” he says. “Even if such an association is proven, the benefits of these drugs clearly outweigh the risks for most patients.”

Watts points to research suggesting that just one in five older women who have had a fracture are tested for osteoporosis or treated for the condition.

“The big story here is that so many people who could benefit from these drugs are not taking them,” he says. “If we were able to get everyone tested who should be tested and everyone treated who should be treated, we would cut the fracture risk in half.”


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