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New Study Ties Biofilms To Jaw Deterioration

Law360 (May 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A new study has suggested that microbial biofilms are to blame for a painful side effect associated with osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax, which is currently at the center of a massive product liability battle.

Researchers at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry recently linked the biofilms, a mix of bacteria and extracellular material, to osteonecrosis of the jaw in patients taking bone treatment drugs known as bisphosphonates.

“These findings have important clinical and therapeutic implications and may suggest a role for microbial biofilms in...
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