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41 drug approvals in 2014, so far

In the days leading up to Christmas, the FDA seemed to get into the holiday spirit, bestowing a flurry of drug approvals and bringing the total number of 2014 nods to 41 – with still one week to go.

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Osteoporosis drugs could prevent, treat HER-driven cancers

Bisphosphonates have been used since the early 1990s in two indications. They are most famous as osteoporosis drugs, where even off-patent, Fosamax (alendronate sodium, Merck & Co. Inc.) – only one of several bisphosphonates – raked in more than $700 million in sales in 2013, according to Thomson Reuters Cortellis.

They are also used in cancer "primarily to prevent bone metastases and their consequences, but never for the cancer itself," Mone Zaidi told BioWorld Today.