New drug may heal fractures quicker

Created date

April 28th, 2020
A new drug may heal fractures quicker by directly targeting the effected area.

A new drug may heal fractures quicker by directly targeting the effected area.

Fractures in seniors can be devastating. About one-third of adults over age 60 die within one year of suffering a hip fracture, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, one in five falls results in a serious fracture that requires hospitalization.

Despite these grim statistics, not much has changed with regard to bone fracture treatment over the years. 

New treatment

But now, researchers from Purdue University have developed an injectable medication that may help heal fractures quickly and efficiently. The drug, called NOV004, developed by Novosteo, Inc., is different because it concentrates at the site of the fractured bone. This way, exposure to the healthy bones and tissues in the rest of the body is reduced.

The researchers have finished preclinical studies and plan to start clinical trials later this year. They also hope that, in the future, injectable targeted drugs will be useful for other applications, such as dental implants, face and head fractures, and hip and knee replacements. 

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