Posts By: Diane L. Schneider, MD

New Medicine Option for Men with Osteoporosis Approved

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The FDA approved a new indication for the use of the osteoporosis medicine, Prolia® (denosumab): “Treatment to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture.”

With this approval five osteoporosis medicines are approved for use in men: Fosamax® (alendronate), Actonel® (risedronate), Reclast® (zoledronic acid), Forteo® (teriparatide), and Prolia® (denosumab).

Calcitonin in the firing line… linked to increased risk of cancer

News from the European Medicine Agency A committee of the European Medicine Agency, the Europe equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), investigated calcitonin and cancer risk. The committee’s evaluation and recommendation for action by the agency was released July 20, 2012. Note in the US, the brand names for calcitonin used in… Read more

FDA Issues New Safety Alert for Miacalcin (Calcitonin)

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FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) issued a new safety labeling change for Miacalcin (Calcitonin-Salmon) Nasal Spray and Injection. Tremors were added as an adverse reaction. The accompanying product information that you receive with your prescription will have the following addition: ADVERSE REACTIONS Dermatologic/Hypersensitivity Central and Peripheral Nervous System: Tremor Source:   

Top 10 Sources of Salt in Your Diet

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What would you guess is the number one source of salt in your diet? Potato chips, pretzels, pickles? Well guess again! BREAD I was just as surprised that the number one food is bread. Wow! Why is that? Bread doesn’t taste salty, but the leavening agents put in bread products are the source of sodium.… Read more


What’s Happening – Bone Loss Bone mass continues to decline with age but at a slower rate than during the early menopausal years. The overall rate of bone loss for men and women is about the same. Since men start with higher bone densities, they are at lower risk for breaking a bone. Bone loss… Read more



What’s Happening – Menopause for Women The average age of menopause is 51. Half of all women enter menopause during their 50s. With the loss of estrogen support, bone breakdown increases and bone formation is unable to keep up. This is a critical time for women who are at risk for a substantial loss of… Read more