FDA Panel to Weigh Second Chance for New Class of Painkillers

Trials halted in 2010 after some taking the drugs may have overworked damaged knees, needed surgery

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In addition to osteoarthritis, tanezumab was also being testing in patients with cancer pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic low back pain and diabetic nerve pain.

Some 27 million adults in the United States have osteoarthritis, with the knee being the most affected joint, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of people with osteoarthritis of the knee is expected to rise as baby boomers age and as obesity among Americans increases, Lane noted.

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For more on osteoarthritis, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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