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Popular bone drugs taken by millions of older people to prevent osteoporosis do not appear to raise the risk of cancer in the esophagus, as some doctors and patients have feared.

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What are good options for osteoporosis meds?updated: Wed Jun 10 2009 09:35:00

I am a healthy and fit 55-year-old woman. My bone density test showed that I needed to be supplemented. I cannot take hormones as I had a blood clot, so the doctor prescribed Fosamax. I had awful side effects: muscle pain, joint pain, etc. He has now prescribed Forteo. Is this a good alternative?

What should I consider before having uterus, ovaries removed?updated: Wed Apr 08 2009 09:30:00

I have had painful periods for the past couple of years and have also had ovarian cysts. I had a couple of larger cysts removed about five years ago and was told I had endometriosis at that time. I continue to have pain and now have been told I have a 7 cm cyst on the right ovary. My doctor recommends removing both ovaries and the uterus. I'm just researching the pros and cons. Was wondering if there are any major issues I should be concerned about if I had the uterus and both ovaries removed. I am 42 and do not plan to have children. Given the history of pain and previous cysts, is it a good idea to go ahead and remove everything? Thanks for your time. Melissa

Fosamax may increase risk of irregular heartbeatupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:52:00

Women who have used the bone-building drug Fosamax are nearly twice as likely to develop the most common kind of chronically irregular heartbeat as those who have never used it. Patients, especially those with family history of heart problems, should talk to their doctor about whether the drug is the appropriate option for them. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in April 2008.

CNNMoney: Merck's Fosamax gets the axupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 12:57:00

Merck & Co. bids adieu to its bone disease blockbuster drug on Wednesday, when the patent finally runs out on Fosamax.

CNNMoney: Big Pharma's leaky pipelineupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 14:45:00

After the latest round of mixed earnings from the biggest players in pharma and biotech, companies are hampered by a frustrating dynamic: a product mix that isn't strong enough to match an exodus of blockbusters.

CNNMoney: Amgen earnings, sales beat forecastupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 18:05:00

Biotech Amgen on Thursday reported an increase in earnings and a decrease in sales for the fourth quarter, beating Wall Street's forecast.

Fortune: Amgen's science doesn't guarantee profitsupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 05:29:00

Amgen just can't get a break these days.

CNNMoney: Merck earnings guidance fails to inspireupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 12:09:00

Merck failed to excite investors with its financial guidance for 2007 and 2008, causing a temporary stock drop, but analysts were reluctant to condemn the drugmaker.

Fortune: Update: Merck recovers from Vioxxupdated: Mon Nov 12 2007 15:42:00

What we said In "Merck Is on the Mend" (Feb. 5), we recommended a second look at the pharma giant, which was recovering from the low it reached in 2004 amid the Vioxx debacle. We mentioned that Merck was winning approvals for a host of new drugs, including cervical-cancer vaccine Gardasil. We cited Bear Stearns analyst John Boris's year-end price target of $53.

CNNMoney: Merck tops forecastsupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 09:55:00

Merck posted a 62 percent increase in its third-quarter profit Monday, as the drugmaker's revenues increased by double digits, while lower administration and overhead costs offset more spending on research and development.

CNNMoney: Merck's post-Vioxx comebackupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 01:52:00

Merck has enjoyed a strong comeback since the messy Vioxx blowout nearly three years ago. But you might be surprised by how well Merck has done since it pulled its arthritis drug from the market.

CNNMoney: For Big Pharma, drugs are a hard global sellupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 03:41:00

The successful launch of a blockbuster drug depends heavily on Big Pharma's ability to custom-tailor its sales pitch country-by-country, a difficult task in which few drugmakers excel, according to a study from research firm IMS Health.

CNNMoney: Troubled Amgen's pipeline dreamsupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 03:21:00

Amgen, king of the biotechs, sits on a shaky throne.

CNNMoney: House passes Medicare bill, but ...updated: Fri Jan 12 2007 10:54:00

The House passed a Medicare bill Friday that could drive down drug prices and revenues for the nation's big drug companies, but that's assuming the bill gets past President Bush's threatened veto.

CNNMoney: Novartis, Amgen crowd up drug marketupdated: Mon Sep 18 2006 10:38:00

The multi-billion dollar drug industry for degenerative bone disease is getting more congested, with new studies showing the benefits of the Novartis drug Aclasta, and an experimental drug from Amgen on the way.

CNNMoney: Fosamax, Merck's other drug problemupdated: Mon May 08 2006 12:30:00

Merck, already in a long fight against thousands of Vioxx lawsuits, will soon face a two-front war, as plaintiffs begin to file suit over a different drug: Fosamax.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Aug 11 2005 15:20:00

Smaller tumors, better outcomes

CNNMoney: A bone drug battle ahead?updated: Thu Jun 02 2005 15:42:00

With at least seven competing drugs shouldering in, the multi-billion dollar market for treating elderly bones is getting crowded. There will probably be enough aging baby boomers to go around ... but expect some jostling.

CNNMoney: Appeals court rejects Merckupdated: Thu Apr 21 2005 16:08:00

A U.S. appeals court rejected Merck & Co.'s request to reconsider the patent expiration on its profitable drug Fosamax, but the company vowed it would appeal again.

CNNMoney: Merck sales dip; Vioxx blamedupdated: Thu Apr 21 2005 08:26:00

Merck & Co. Thursday reported a 15 percent drop in profits for the first quarter as sales again got hurt by its withdrawal of Vioxx.

CNNMoney: Merck needs strong medicineupdated: Fri Jan 28 2005 17:16:00

Merck & Co.'s latest double dose of bad news is likely to put a big dent in its earnings and could mean the drugmaker may not survive as an independent company, industry analysts said.

Fortune: Bone Vivantupdated: Mon Mar 18 2002 00:01:00

"Break a leg" may be good luck in the theater but not when it comes to osteoporosis. The disease causes bones to become more porous, gradually making them brittle--and it causes 1.5 million fractur...

Fortune: Hot Flash! Hormones Have Risks Menopauseupdated: Mon Jan 07 2002 00:01:00

When Leslie Wallace began having symptoms of menopause five years ago, her doctor prescribed Prempro, a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). She wanted relie...

Fortune: Drugs Ken Kulju CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTONupdated: Mon Dec 18 2000 00:01:00

What does this crazy election mean to the drug sector?

Fortune: Looking for Troubleupdated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

Once or twice a week I get a call from a patient who's just heard about a new early-warning test for cancer, heart disease, or some other serious condition and wants to know why my office hasn't ca...

Fortune: DRUG STOCKS--WHERE M&A PAYS OFFupdated: Mon Oct 30 1995 00:01:00

Few words ring more hollow among security analysts than "synergy." Time after time, promising mergers and acquisitions result in more disappointments than pleasant surprises. But there appears to b...

Fortune: MAKING A SPLASH WITH LIQUID BLADESupdated: Mon Aug 21 1995 00:01:00



When investors trashed health-care stocks earlier this year, knocking prices down an average of 14% from their January peaks, a terrific opportunity opened up. You can now buy shares in one of the ...

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