Bone drugs may raise risk of esophageal cancer, FDA official says

01/1/2009 | Reuters

FDA official Diane Wysowski said researchers should look into the potential risk of esophageal cancer tied to Merck & Co.'s Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs, which are designed to treat osteoporosis. In a letter published in a journal, she said Fosamax has been linked to 23 reports of esophageal tumors in the U.S. since its launch in 1995. Wysowski also advised physicians against using bisphosphonates for patients with Barrett's esophagus, a condition known to raise cancer risk.

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