Across the United States, thousands of women have reported serious bone-related side effects after taking the prescription medication, Fosamax.
Fosamax belongs to a class of medications known as bisphosphonates, and is commonly prescribed to help combat bone loss (osteoporosis) in women over fifty. It is also prescribed to help control high levels of calcium in the blood of cancer patients.
Patients who have taken this medication – especially those who have taken it for an extended period of time – are at risk for suffering painful and debilitating bone injuries, such as fractured femurs and deteriorating jawbones.
If you or a loved one has suffered jaw deterioration or a fractured femur following the use of this drug, you may be entitled to file a Fosamax lawsuit and receive monetary compensation for your injuries.
At Gordon & Doner, our dangerous drug attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience helping victims just like you file lawsuits and win millions in compensatory settlements. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us anything unless we secure a favorable verdict for you.
If you are suffering from Fosamax jaw deterioration or a Fosamax femur fracture, contact the accomplished lawyers at Gordon & Doner today. We offer FREE consultations where we listen to your story, review the details of your claim and help decide if filing a Fosamax lawsuit is right for you.
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Fosamax Jaw Deterioration
One of the most severe side effects caused by a prescription medication is Fosamax jaw deterioration. Deterioration of the jaw, or osteonecrosis, is defined as “the presence of exposed bone in the mouth, which fails to heal after appropriate intervention over a period of six or eight weeks.”
Fosamax jaw deterioration was first noted in a 2008 study conducted at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. In the study, researchers discovered an abnormally high amount of osteonecrosis in Fosamax patients who had undergone a tooth extraction. All study participants who suffered from Fosamax jaw deterioration were women, were approximately 73 years old, and had been taking the drug for 12 months or longer.
In addition to finding a high rate of jaw deterioration among dental patients taking this medication, researchers also found that osteonecrosis was completely nonexistent in dental patients who had never taken the drug.
Shortly after Fosamax’s inception in 1995, women began reporting jawbone tissue death. However, the FDA did not publicly announce that long-term use of the drug was linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw until 2004. Between 1995 and 2004, hundreds of patients suffered from Fosamax jaw deterioration without knowing the drug was responsible for their debilitating condition.
If you have a painful, exposed jawbone after taking this prescription medication, you may be suffering from Fosamax jawbone deterioration. Contact the skilled dangerous drug lawyers at Gordon & Doner today. We can help you file a Fosamax lawsuit and receive the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Fosamax Femur Fractures
For patients taking this dangerous drug, a more surprising side effect is Fosamax femur fractures. Fosamax was developed to help combat bone loss, which can lead to brittle bones, fractures and breakage. However, the drug itself is responsible for causing bone fractures in thousands of patient nationwide. The thigh bone, or femur, is most susceptible to breakage caused by prolonged use of the drug.
Researchers have concluded that the majority of Fosamax femur fractures are low-energy fractures, which means they occur after a bone has been exposed to a low-impact force. This type of fracture is sometimes referred to as a stress fracture.
Some patients have reported a Fosamax femur fracture after doing something as simple as walking or standing up from a seated position. Coming to a sudden stop while riding in a vehicle has also reportedly caused patients’ thigh bones to fracture.
Researchers are still trying to determine the exact component of the medication that is responsible for causing Fosamax femur fractures. Some believe it is the chemical alendronate, which slows the development of an important protein necessary for bone strength. Others believe Fosamax femur fractures occur because the drug kills cells that are responsible for removing old bone tissue. If there is an abundance of leftover bone tissue, new tissue has no room to grow and the bone becomes brittle.
In 2010, the FDA required the medication’s labels to include a warning about the increased risk of thighbone fractures associated with its use. However, thousands of patients had needlessly suffered from Fosamax femur fractures by the time the FDA required the change to the drug’s label.
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In 1996, roughly 11 months after Merck pharmaceutical company began selling Fosamax, the FDA sent a letter to the company concerning its questionable drug marketing practices. In the letter, the FDA required Merck to stop overstating the benefits of Fosamax while at the same time minimizing its health risks.
Several years later, the FDA warned consumers that the medication could cause debilitating bone, muscle and joint pain. Medical researchers also warned that the drug could cause painful eye disorders, an irregular heartbeat and esophageal cancer. By 2011, the FDA required Fosamax to include warning labels about its severe side effects. The agency also required the drug’s labels to inform consumers that extended use of the drug may increase a person’s risk of suffering these severe side effects.
While immediately aware of its dangerous side effects, the FDA issued no safety warnings about Fosamax until ten years after the drug was first made available to the public. To this day, Fosamax is still available for patient use, despite the drug’s well-documented, hazardous side effects.
For these reasons, you may be entitled to file a Fosamax lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. At Gordon & Doner, our dangerous drug attorneys firmly believe that irresponsible pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable when their product causes harm to consumers.
Injuries such as Fosamax femur fractures or Fosamax jaw deterioration may warrant a court case, and the dangerous drug attorneys at Gordon & Doner can help determine if your injuries qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit.
Contact us today for a FREE consultation regarding this dangerous drug and the injuries you have sustained. Our attorneys are ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your potential Fosamax lawsuit.