Research brief: Women receive hip fracture help from new drug

Millions of women could be protected against life-threatening hip fractures by a once-a-year treatment with a new drug, say UK researchers. The drug zoledronic acid (Aclasta) was tested in a trial of 8,000 women. Those taking Aclasta showed a 70 per cent reduction in fractures of the vertebrate of the spine (NEJM 2007; 356: 1,809–22).

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