Merck 's Odanacatib-a better osteoporosis drug?

Merck could really use a better name for its new drug Odanacatib...if it wants the medication to become a household name.

Odanacatib has been tested in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis since 2007 and has now successfully completed its phase 3 study. The company will request regulatory approval from the U.S., EU and Japan in 2013.

Merck expects the drug to earn $800 million in 2016 if it competes successfully with Amgen's drug Proliprea.

Wow! People spend a lot on medication when prevention with vitamins and minerals would be far more effective for the vast majority.

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