In October 2010, The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required Merck & Co. Inc., the manufacturer of Fosamax (generic: Alendronate sodium) to change the labeling on the osteoporosis drug to include a warning citing the increased risk of Fosamax femur fractures among patients.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Fosamax, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
What is Fosamax?
Fosamax belongs to a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates that are generally prescribed to halt the deterioration of bones. The medication inhibits osteoclasts from breaking down bone. The Food & Drug Administration originally approved Fosamax to prevent osteoporosis or further bone degradation. However, Fosamax may have adverse affects and potentially do the opposite of what it was intended to do.
Fosamax Side Effects
Fosamax has been associated with the development of numerous side effects. Some of which include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Ulceration of the esophagus
- Osteonecrosis of the jaw
- Femur fractures
Fosamax Femur Fracture
In October 2010, The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned that the use of bisphosphonates like Alendronate may be linked to severe femur fractures. Those who have taken the drug may be more susceptible to fracturing their femur with minimal energy applied. The potential link between Fosamax and femur fractures caused the FDA to mandate that the drug’s manufacturer to include information regarding the possible association between Fosamax femur fractures and Alendronate.
Journal of the American Medical Association Links Bisphosphonates to Atypical Fractures
On February 22, 2011, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published an article titled “Long-Term Use of Bisphosphonates Increases Risk for Atypical Fractures”. This article describes the dangers associated with long term use of Bisphosphonates. Over time, the drug may increase the risk for atypical subtrochanteric or femoral shaft fractures in older patients. Furthermore, concerns have emerged that these drugs may inhibit bone restructuring, leading to unusual fractures.
Do I have a Fosamax Lawsuit?
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