Doctors say bone density drugs overprescribed

January 18, 2008 2:27:36 PM PST
Osteoporosis drugs can make bones stronger, but some doctors think the pills are being given to too many patients who don't need them.

Drugs such as Fosamax, Bonive, Actonel and Evista are proven to increase bone density. But doctors writing in this weeks British Medical Journal argue the drugs are overhyped, expensive and over-prescribed. After reviewing medical literature they found convincing evidence that the medications do reduce bone breaks for those with osteoporosis. But the benefits to those with minimal bone loss were less clear.

Experts say there are other ways for seniors to reduce their fracture risk including getting regular exercise and taking calcium.