Alendronate and/or Parathyroid Hormone for Osteoporosis

2014-08-27 04:00:11 | BioPortfolio


This study looks at the effects of two medications, alendronate and parathyroid hormone, on bone mass and on bone formation and bone breakdown in women with osteoporosis. We will randomly select postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis to receive laboratory-produced human parathyroid hormone (hPTH), or alendronate, or both for 2.5 years. Study participants will return to the study center periodically to have their bone mass measured and to give blood and urine samples for tests of bone formation and breakdown and for other laboratory tests. Those who complete the study are eligible for one or two 12 month extension studies.


This is a randomized, prospective, open-label study in which osteoporotic postmenopausal women self-administer synthetic hPTH-(1-34), alendronate, or both, every day for 2.5 years. Participants initially come to Massachusetts General Hospital once a month, and subsequently once every 3-6 months, for measurements of serum and urine indices of bone formation and resorption, serum and urine toxicity tests, and DXA/QCT measurements of bone mass. One-third of the participants take hPTH-(1-34) daily, one-third take alendronate once daily, and one-third take both daily (Phase A, months 0-30).

Participants who complete Phase A are eligible for a 12 month extension study (Phase B, months 30-42), during which any alendronate treatment is continued without change and any hPTH 1-34 treatment is stopped.

Participants who complete Phase B are eligible for a second 12 month extension study (Phase C, months 42-54), during which any alendronate treatment is continued without change and every participant takes hPTH 1-34.

During Phases B and C, these participants come to Massachusetts General Hospital once every 6 months for measurements of serum and urine indices of bone formation and resorption, serum and urine toxicity tests, and DXA/QCT measurements of bone mass.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment




Human parathyroid hormone [hPTH-(1-34)], alendronate


Massachusetts General Hospital
United States




Massachusetts General Hospital

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T04:00:11-0400

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