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Friday, January 2, 2009

Possible Link Between Fosamax and Esophageal Cancer

Possible Link Between Fosamax and Esophageal Cancer
23 Cases of Esophageal Cancer Reported to the FDA
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine published December 31, 2008 has raised a red flag over a possible link between Merck's osteoporosis drug Fosamax, and esophageal cancer.

The NEJM article cites an FDA report which states that the agency has received 23 reports of esophageal cancer that may be linked to use of bisphosphonate. The cases were reported between October 1995, when Fosamax became available, and May 2008.

To date, 8 of the 23 patients have died. The FDA report also notes that "no similar US reports for other oral bisphosphonates were retrieved from the FDA's database for adverse-event reporting".

DEC-02-09: Report Links Osteoporosis Drug to Esophagus Cancer [ABC NEWS: FOSAMAX LINKED TO ESOPHAGEAL CANCER]

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