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Yesterday, ABC News reported the possibility of a link between women suffering from broken femurs due to brittle bones, and the osteoporosis medications known as bisphosphonates – including Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel  and Reclast.

The ABC News report indicates that the drugs work to strengthen bones at first, but if taken for longer than five years, they may cause bones to become brittle, and vulnerable to fractures.

Today, the FDA announced that they will take a deeper look at whether or not such a link exists. They issued a drug safety communication detailing the investigation:

“At this point, the data that FDA has reviewed have not shown a clear connection between bisphosphonate use and a risk of atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures. FDA is working closely with outside experts, including members of the recently convened American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Subtrochanteric Femoral Fracture Task Force, to gather additional information that may provide more insight into this issue.”

As a woman who is not yet at the point where osteoporosis drugs are a concern, but who is aware every morning as my knees creak in protest at the trip downstairs for coffee that time is marching on, reports like these are starting to penetrate my consciousness much more than they would have ten years ago.

I expect I’ll spend a little time online tomorrow, checking out info on bone health. And, while I’m at it, maybe I’ll stumble on something to help these creaky knees – just hope I don’t break anything in the process!


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