Despite concerns over cardiovascular side effects, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel last Tuesday recommended the osteoporosis drug Evista (raloxifene) for use in preventing breast cancer in certain high-risk groups of older women.
In a vote of 8 to 6, the FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee recommended approval of the drug for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, and, in a 10 to 4 vote, it also recommended the drug for postmenopausal women at high risk for breast cancer.
While the FDA usually follows the recommendations of its expert panels, it is not obligated to do so.
Evista's approval would give women a valuable option in fighting breast cancer, one expert said.

FDA Panel OKs Osteoporosis Drug To Cut Breast Cancer Risk


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