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Hi stonesc: Forteo "can" be extended beyond the 2 years if you have severe conditions that totally prevents you from taking oral bisphosphonates or calcitonin. I know several people who have done this, but they had very unusual circumstances with many different complications with meds to deal with. All of these people didn't go way beyond the 2 years, and the most I've heard of was not more than 2 1/2 years.

I would imagine, that you would have to get this approved with the insurance co. and who knows if all insurances would agree to it. But it can be done... I'm just not sure how they do it.

When I finish my 2 yrs. I was told I would probably go back on Actonel, but the side effects I went through with it, doesn't make this a good approach in my opinion. I'm hoping by the time my Forteo is up, there will be other options available that aren't as yet approved (reclast) is just one idea, but it isn't even approved yet and who knows if it will be, you never know what the FDA will finally do with a drug. I like the idea of a once a year injection, over 15 minutes as opposed to a couple of hours (time of infusion for others) now available and these are done every 3 months or more.

Anyway, all of this is "conjecture" at this point since there is no gaurantee it will even be approved; it's still in phase III trials, it has been approved for other bone disorders, but not Osteo yet. If it is approved they have a projected date of 2007 but who knows...

We'll have to wait and see what happens.

Pam

P.S. I just wanted to add, that I believed that Forteo could only be used for 2 yrs. because that's what all the literature say's, but it wasn't until I meet some that did this that I had to revise what I thought was accurate.