Sunday, December 2, 2007

Research Suggests Avandia May Increase Bone Thinning

Article on -- Glaxo's Avandia may increase bone thinning.  Here's an excerpt:

The popular diabetes drug marketed as Avandia may increase bone thinning, a discovery that could help explain why diabetics can have an increased risk of fractures.

New research raises the possibility that long-term treatment with rosiglitazone, as Avandia is also called, could lead to osteoporosis. The diabetes drug is used to improve response to insulin.

While bones seem solid, they constantly are being broken down and rebuilt by the body. Researchers found that in mice, the drug increased the activity of the cells that degrade bones, according to a report in this week's online issue of Nature Medicine.

Avandia recently was labeled with warnings about the risk of heart failure in some patients. GlaxoSmithKline (Charts), which markets the drug, already has acknowledged that a study found a higher risk of fractures among women who take the drug. But this report is the first to attempt to explain the link between the drug and fractures.


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