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Claims for Patent: 6,977,077

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Claims for Patent: 6,977,077

Title: Method of increasing bone toughness and stiffness and reducing fractures
Abstract:The invention relates to a method for increasing the toughness and/or stiffness of bone and/or reducing the likelihood and/or severity of bone fracture by administering a parathyroid hormone. The method can be employed to increase toughness or stiffness of bone at a site of a potential or actual trauma, such as the hip or spine of a person at risk of or suffering from osteoporosis. The method of the invention can reduce the incidence of vertebral fracure, reduce the incidence of multiple vertebral fractures, reduce the severity of vertebral fracture, and/or reduce the incidence of non-vertebral fracture.
Inventor(s): Hock; Janet M. (Indianapolis, IN), Gaich; Gregory A. (Indianapolis, IN), Dere; Willard H. (Westlake Village Ventura, CA)
Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)
Application Number:09/647,278
Patent Claims: 1. A method for the treatment of osteoporosis in a human subject, comprising administering to said subject human parathyroid hormone (1-34), without concurrent administration of an antiresorptive agent other than vitamin D or calcium, in a daily dose of 20 ug, said treatment for reducing the risk of vertebral and non-vertebral bone fracture, wherein said vitamin D is not a hydroxylated vitamin D or hydroxylated vitamin D metabolite.

2. The method according to claim 1 wherein said human subject is a man or post-menopausal woman.

3. The method according to claim 1 wherein said osteoporosis is steroid-induced.
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