Alabama Fosamax Bone Fracture Injury Lawyers
Fosamax is a pharmaceutical medication that was prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Studies have shown that bone weakening occurs in patients taking the medication for more than 3 years. If you suffered a leg bone fracture after taking Fosamax, you may have potential legal claims. We are accepting clients, evaluating records, and filing claims on behalf of anyone affected by this defective drug.
The Dilorenzo Law Firm, LLC's Fosamax femur fracture lawyers are now evaluating cases and filing claims for patients who took Fosamax and suffered a femur fracture or leg bone fracture after taking the medication for more than three (3) years. Fosamax was manufactured, distributed and marketed by Merck & Co., Inc.
Fosamax Side Effects
The side effects of Fosamax have been identified as follows:
- Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ);
- Femur fractures;
- osteomyelitis: inflammation of bone marrow.
Fosamax and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)
The FDA approved Fosamax tablets on Sept. 29, 1995 and the oral solution on Sept. 17, 2003. Fosamax is in the non-nitrogenous class of bisphosphonates, meaning it contains a nitrogen atom. Other drugs within this class, such as Aredia® and Zometa®, are used in chemotherapy but are not indicated for use in treating non-cancerous conditions like osteoporosis.
ONJ, short for osteonecrosis of the jaw, is a painful and disfiguring condition resulting from infection of the jaw and exposed portions of bone inside the mouth, causing the jaw bone to decay and die. Symptoms may take weeks or months to become evident and may develop following trauma to the tooth, such as an extraction or other dental surgery that exposes jaw bone. While almost all cases of ONJ have occurred following dental work, several cases have been reported as having occurred in the absence of dental work when bone is exposed and subject to infection.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, medical articles and studies reported the frequent and common occurrence of ONJ following the use of nitrogenous bisphosphonates used for chemotherapy. Because Merck reported and acknowledged Fosamax side effects concerning irritation, erosion, and inflammation of the upper gastrointestinal tract, we believe this manufacturer knew or should have known that Fosamax, as a nitrogenous bisphosphonate, shared an adverse event profile similar to that of the other drugs within this specific subclass of bisphosphonates.
In addition, our Fosamax side effect lawyers believe that Merck knew or should have known that bisphosphonates also inhibit the development of blood vessels in an organism or tissue of an affected area, resulting in an inadequate supply of blood, specifically to the lower and upper jaws. As a result, a minor injury or disease can turn into a non-healing wound that may then progress to widespread bone death and inflammation of bone marrow.
An article about bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw in the Oregon Dental Association's March 2006 newsletter cites an increasing number of complications associated with the use of bisphosphonate drugs and specifically names Fosamax as being associated with development of a disorder involving non-healing, necrotic exposure of bone in the jaws. The article uses the term bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw (BONJ).
Some state dental associations are now advising dentists to refrain from using any invasive procedure, such as drilling a cavity, on any patients who are taking Fosamax. Once osteonecrosis begins and becomes symptomatic, it is very difficult to treat and is not reversible.
On January 7, 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the possibility of severe and sometimes incapacitating bone, joint, and/or muscle (musculoskeletal) pain in patients taking bisphosphonates. The alert said that severe musculoskeletal pain may occur within days, months, or years after starting a bisphosphonate.
Fosamax and Femur Fractures
Femur fractures are one potential side effect of Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva use.
In the Feb. 23, 2011, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) a study was published concluding that bisphosphonate use nearly triples the risk of drug-related femur fractures in patients who have taken the drug for more than five (5) years.
On Oct. 13, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the warning label for Fosamax and other bisphosphonates warning of the "risk of atypical fractures of the thigh, known as subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femur fractures, in patients who take bisphosphonates for osteoporosis." Atypical subtrochantericfemur fractures ( fractures in the bone below the hip joint) and diaphyseal femur fractures (fractures in the long part of the thigh bone) are rare but have been predominantly linked to patients taking bisphosphonates.
A study released in the March 20, 2010, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who took Fosamax for long periods of time suffered an unusually high rate of femur fractures. The fractures had a signature horizontal pattern, and all occurred as a result of falls from standing height or less. The study, conducted by the Hospital for Special Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, included 15 women who took Fosomax for more than five (5) years before suffering a femur fracture. Two-thirds of the women studied had taken Fosamax for seven (7) years or longer. The authors concluded that Fosamax use and femur fractures are statistically correlated.
The study’s authors also concluded that Fosamax slows down the development of strong new collagen or causes microdamage in the bone, making its users more prone to fracture. This finding is important - it is now established that bisphosphonates cause bone fractures. In particular, bisphosphonates cause femur fractures.
Following the published study, the FDA issued an alert to physicians in January 2010 regarding the possibility of severe bone pain related to bisphosphonate therapy.
Alabama Fosamax Lawsuits and Legal Representation
The Fosamax bone fracture injury lawyers at The Dilorenzo Law Firm, LLC have a proven track record of success in helping our clients obtain compensation for injuries resulting from the use of dangerous medications like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel.
Our experienced team of legal professionals and Alabama Fosamax Injury Attorneys have been helping dangerous drug injury victims for years. We are dedicated to achieving real justice for our clients and can assure each of them that we will work diligently to achieve the best possible result.
Contact Alabama Fosamax Injury Attorneys
Filing a Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit can help victims and their families affected by Fosamax recover the financial compensation necessary to pay for expensive treatment and long term care.
If you or a loved one developed weakened bones and/or suffered a broken femur after Fosamax use, you may have a defective product claim against Merck. Call our Birmingham, Alabama offices today for a free consultation. Our office number is 1 - (800) 200-3604. Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim.
Alabama has a two year statute of limitations on filing certain product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire medical records and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your femur fracture may have been caused by Fosamax.