Reports link bone-building drugs to rare leg fracture

07/15/2008 | NYTimes.com

Case studies on a rare type of leg fracture after little or no trauma among people who took bisphosphonates for five years or more have raised concerns that long-term use of the bone-building drugs may actually weaken bones. Merck & Co.'s Fosamax was cited in the reports, and the company said it will investigate whether the fracture pattern can be found commonly in people who take bone medicines.

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