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Reclast(R) Receives US FDA Approval as First and Only Once-Yearly Treatment for Women With Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Date:8/19/2007

with Reclast therapy. In the Pivotal Fracture Trial an increased number of cases of serious atrial fibrillation were observed in women given Reclast compared to those on placebo (1.3% vs. 0.4% respectively)(2). The timing of these events suggest that they were not related to the acute infusion. This finding has not been observed in other zoledronic acid clinical studies and in post-marketing experience from more than 1.5 million patients treated with Zometa.

All patients with Paget's disease should receive 1500 mg of calcium in divided doses and 800 IU of vitamin D daily, particularly in the two weeks following Reclast administration. It is recommended that patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis take calcium and vitamin D supplements, if dietary intake is not sufficient.

For more information about Reclast, visit http://www.reclast.com or call 866-RECLAST (866-732-5278).

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