Fosamax

posted on:
April 15, 2011

author:
Staff

WHAT IS FOSAMAX?

Fosamax (alendronate sodium) manufactured by (Merck & Company) it belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates, and they decrease the activity of cells which break down bone. It is marketed alone as well as in combination with vitamin D. Fosamax was approved by the FDA in September, 1995

WHAT IS FOSAMAX PRESCRIBED FOR?

Fosamax is a prescription medicine for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis (thinning of bone) in women after menopause. It reduces the chance of having a hip or spinal fracture (break). Other uses include treatment to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis and the treatment of osteoporosis in either men or women who are taking corticosteroid medicines.

WHAT ARE THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH FOSAMAX?

We are currently handling litigation related to femur fractures that may be caused by the osteoporosis medication Fosamax after an ongoing safety review of oral bisphosphonates determined use of the drug may be related to an increased risk of thigh fractures, specifically low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures.

In October of 2010 the FDA required all manufacturers of bisphosphonates to include in the warning section of their label a description of low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures / thigh fractures that are associated with the use of drugs in this class.

Fosamax is also allegedly linked to bone decay such as osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reported a link between bisphosphonates and ONJ, a disfiguring and disabling condition of the jaw bone that causes infection and rotting of the jaw bone. Typical presentation of ONJ is pain, soft-tissue swelling and infection, loosening of teeth, drainage, and exposed bone. Symptoms may occur spontaneously, or at the site of previous tooth extraction.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the manufacturer of Fosamax issued a warning to health care professionals on September 24, 2004 of the danger of ONJ associated with the use of this drug.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE BEEN INJURED BY FOSAMAX?

If you or a loved one has suffered Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) or any other serious side effect as the result of taking Fosamax, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!

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