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FDA Approves Expanded Use of Lilly's FORTEO(R) [teriparatide (rDNA origin) injection] to Treat Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis
Date:7/23/2009

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Important Safety Information about FORTEO

During the drug testing process, the medicine in FORTEO caused some rats to develop a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. In people, osteosarcoma is a serious but rare cancer. Osteosarcoma has been reported rarely in people who took FORTEO. It is not known if people who take FORTEO have a higher chance of getting osteosarcoma.

You should not take FORTEO for more than 2 years over your lifetime.

There is a voluntary Patient Registry for people who take FORTEO. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the possible risk of osteosarcoma in people who take FORTEO. For information about how to sign up for this patient registry, call 1-866-382-6813 or go to www.forteoregistry.rti.org.

Do not use FORTEO if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FORTEO.

Before you take FORTEO, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have Paget's disease or other bone disease; have cancer in your bones; have trouble injecting yourself and do not have someone who can help you; are a child or young adult whose bones are still growing or have or have had kidney stones; if you have had radiation therapy; have or had too much calcium in your blood; have any other medical conditions; or take medications that contain digoxin (Digoxin, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin).

Please consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. It is not known if FORTEO will harm your unborn baby. If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed, it is not known if FORTEO passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take FORTEO or breast feed. You should not do both.

FORTEO can cause serious side effects including an increase in blood pres
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