Scientists report advantage of Eli Lilly bone drug over rival

Eli Lilly's treatment Forteo improved spine and hip bone density more effectively than Merck & Co.'s Fosamax, according to a study of 428 patients with osteoporosis. Forteo enhanced the bone density of the lumbar spine by 7.2% compared to 3.4% for Fosamax recipients, and also increased hip bone density by 3.8% compared to 2.4% for patients using Merck's candidate, researchers in Alabama found.

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