Studies show problems with four big-name drugs

It looks like yet another set of popular drugs are facing allegations that they pose safety risks. Drugs named this week in unfavorable studies include Fosamax, which may create heart problems for women who take it for osteoporosis and epilepsy med Dilantin, which may put young women at higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Another study concludes that diabetes drugs Avandia and Actos double or triple the odds of non-spinal fractures, particularly among patients who took the drugs for a year or more. Particularly given other drug safety controversies still very much in the public eye, this can't be giving pharma marketers a warm and fuzzy feeling.

To find out more about the studies:
- read this FiercePharma item

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