The Irony: Bone Death in the Jaw after Osteoporosis Drugs
Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2008
Science Daily reports on the latest research on the link between taking biophosphonates – drugs like Fosamax and Boniva used to treat osteoporosis – and jaw infections leading to osteonecrosis:
Microbial biofilms, a mix of bacteria and sticky extracellular material, are causing jaw tissue infections in patients taking bisphosphonate drugs, said Parish Sedghizadeh, lead researcher and assistant clinical professor at the USC School of Dentistry.
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Sedghizadeh said there have been increasing reports of osteonecrosis (bone death) of the jaw in patients who have been taking the drugs for osteoporosis or for treatment from the bone-wasting effects of cancer.
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