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Bone Drugs Need Label Changes on Use Duration, Panel Says

Bone drugs from Warner Chilcott Plc, Roche Holding AG, Merck & Co. and Novartis AG need labeling changes to reduce the risk of fractures, a U.S. panel said.

The FDA should call for clarifications on the length of time that osteoporosis patients should take the medicines, outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration said today in a 17-6 vote in Adelphi, Maryland. The FDA isn’t required to follow its panels’ recommendations.