Evista..... Wellness for Women?

On Dec. 10, 1997, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted permission for Eli Lilly and Company to market raloxifene for the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Evista, Eli Lily's brand name for raloxifene, landed in U.S. pharmacies a month or two later.

The news about Evista had been, as MedicineNet's Chief Editor commented, "all over the press." So why deal with it here? Does the world need yet one more article about this drug?

Estrogen has been used for years for the prevention of both osteoporosis and coronary heart disease in postmenopausal women. Now, Evista is being highly heralded as an important alternative to estrogen replacement therapy.