Fosamax Linked To Femur Fractures: Patients Want To Know Why Merck & Co. Failed To Warn Them
Fosamax, Merck & Company's popular osteoporosis drug, has been linked to many serious injuries including osteonecrosis of the jaw, esophageal cancer and severe muscle, joint or bone pain. Now the drug, also known as alendronate sodium, has been linked to an increase in femur fractures – and patients want to know why pharmaceutical giant Merck & Company didn't warn them.
Fosamax femur fractures
Femur, or femoral, injuries are terrible. The femur is the bone which connects the knee to the hip and is the strongest bone in the body. You wouldn’t normally expect to see a femur fracture occur in an individual except for extreme trauma or a high energy impact.
Fosamax injury attorneys are now investigating Fosamax femur fracture cases associated with bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax. Fosamax is a drug generally used by postmenopausal women to prevent osteoporosis, a condition that increases one’s risk of developing fractures after menopause, generally hips and for vertebral fractures. However, femur fractures aren't the only Fosamax side effect that patients are concerned about.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw
Fosamax injury lawyers started litigating claims against the manufacturer of Fosamax several years ago as it related to a condition called “osteonecrosis of the jaw.” Osteonecrosis of the jaw is also known as “dead jaw.” They say that after using Fosamax for a period of time, the nutrients and blood supply that your body distributes throughout your body – including your jaw – are cut off, so your jaw and your jawbone becomes necrotic or dies. It’s a very painful and disabling condition and Fosamax patients who relied on Merck are questioning why the pharmaceutical company didn't bother to tell them about the increased risks.
To treat their condition, some patients have undergone multiple bone and jaw reconstructive surgeries. Their physicians have taken bones from their femur, other locations of the body or from cadavers and then implanted them into the jaw.
Nearly 1000 Fosamax lawsuits pending
There are over 900 lawsuits on file right now against Merck & Company, which reported over $27 billion in sales in 2009, but there are likely thousands of cases. However, Fosamax ONJ lawyers say that it's hard to determine exactly how many cases are really out there as only about one percent of adverse drug events get reported to the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). If you've developed femur fractures, ONJ, esophogeal cancer or musculoskeletal (muscle) pain after taking Fosamax, contact an experienced Fosamax lawyer to determine your legal rights.