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Awaiting Biomaterials, Can Drugs Help Heal Fractures?

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

The movement in orthopedics toward bone repair and regeneration as a supplement to traditional hardware replacement has been stalled by the Food and Drug Administration's issuing a Non-Approvable Letter to Stryker Corp. for its OP-1 bone graft device. Yet even as surgeons await the first product approvals, early data are emerging on whether drugs might also encourage bones to heal.

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