Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB


Have you experienced, or read about, negative, and even dangerous, side effects from Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Actonel (risedronate), and other bisphosphonates prescribed for osteoporosis? If you have, then rest assured there is a safe, effective treatment for this condition. Strontium, primarily in the form of strontium citrate, is taken orally once a day.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Update On Strontium Malonate For Osteoporosis

Osteologix, Inc. has received a key U.S. Patent Allowance for its osteoporosis drug, NB S101 (strontium malonate). This brings the company closer to its goal of manufacturing and marketing a prescription strontium drug in the U.S.

The Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is for U.S. Patent Application Number 11/269,289 titled "Water-Soluble Strontium Salts for Use in Treatment of Cartilage and/or Bone Conditions." It allows claims covering the treatment of osteoporosis and related bone conditions using NB S101 (strontium malonate). The patent will most likely issue in the second half of 2009 and expire in 2024.

The company has a number of other pending patent applications covering various aspects of the NB S101 drug program, including composition, manufacturing and method of use patent applications. "Based on the Notice of Allowance and the claims allowed by the USPTO, we believe the intellectual property protections established by this US patent allowance, coupled with our recently upheld European equivalent, will significantly enhance our ability to finalize strong development collaborations with potential partners to complete the Phase III development of NB S101 in osteoporosis," stated Philip J. Young, President and Chief Executive Officer of Osteologix. This is from the company's website at

Update on Strontium Citrate Clinical Trial

BoneLady's Question, May 18, 2009:
What is the latest news on the strontium citrate for osteoporosis clinical trial? I went to the UCD site and found no update since February. I also visited and did not find this study listed. Is the medical center still recruiting? If so, what is the projected start date for the trial?

SCOPE Study Coordinator's Reply, May 27, 2009:
At this time, we are recruiting and enrolling participants and will most likely be doing so through the end of the year. No results will be available until at least this time next year.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Strontium and Antibiotics

Strontium may reduce the absorption of tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline) and quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, nalidixic acid) from the gut and could make them less effective.

If you are prescribed a course of one of these types of antibiotics you should stop taking strontium during the course of antibiotics.This information is from

Monday, May 4, 2009

Poll Results On T-Scores After Strontium Citrate

Here are the results of my latest poll: Did your DEXA scan T-scores improve after taking strontium citrate?

12 (75%) YES
4 (25%) NO

Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone

How Strontium Builds Bones

Strontium is a mineral that tends to accumulate in bone. Studies have shown that oral doses of strontium are a safe and effective way to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Doses of 680 mg per day appear to be optimal. See my "For More Information About Strontium" links section.

Osteoporosis is caused by changes in bone production. In healthy young bones there is a constant cycle of new bone growth and bone removal. With age, more bone is removed and less new bone is produced. The bones become less dense and thus more fragile.

Scientists believe that strontium works in two ways. It may stimulate the replication of pre-osteoblasts, leading to an increase in osteoblasts (cells that build bone). Strontium also directly inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). The result is stronger bones.

When taking strontium, be sure to take 1200 mg calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium daily. It is best to take strontium late at night on an empty stomach. Calcium and strontium may compete with each other for absorption if taken together.