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For the record

September 29, 2008

Osteoporosis: A Sept. 22 article on osteoporosis and drugs known as bisphosphonates incorrectly described how the pills should be taken. The article said that, originally, patients had to eat before taking the drugs. In fact, originally -- as now -- the daily form of the drugs should be taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning with a full glass of water, not juice or coffee.

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