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  • Osteoporosis [hide all summaries]
    Osteoporosis is a reduction in bone mass and weakening of bone architecture that increases the susceptibility of bone to fracture. Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being broken down and resynthesized at 1 to 2 million microscopic sites in the adult skeleton. Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of breakdown is faster than the rate of resynthesis. The history of the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis is strewn with drugs such as estrogens—discussed below—and others in this chapter with marginal effectiveness or with risks clearly outweighing the benefits.

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  • The Diet Drug Orlistat (XENICAL) and Gallstones [hide all summaries]
    (June 2007)
    Yet another problem has been detected with this diet drug whose approval we opposed and that we have been attempting to get banned. The FDA found 37 cases of gall stones in patients using orlistat. This, in addition to inhibiting the absorption of important vitamins such as A, D, E and K as well as evidence that the drug can cause pre-cancerous abnormalities in the colon of animals, further emphasizes why this barely effective drug should not be used, either in the prescription version called Xenical or the about-to-appear over-the-counter version, Alli.

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