Fosamax Lawsuit Lawyer
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Fosamax has been linked to many severe side effects that include femur fractures, esophagus problems, hardening of the jaw (osteonecrosis) and hypocalcemia (low calcium levels in the blood). Matthews & Associates Law Firm has filed dozens of Fosamax Lawsuits across the country against the manufacturer of Fosamax, Merck and Co.
Fosamax Lawsuit Information
If you or a loved one has experienced severe side effects from the use of Fosamax, you may qualify for compensation to help with the cost of your medical expenses as well as your pain and suffering. Email a Fosamax lawyer for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Fosamax Lawsuit, or call Matthews and Associates toll free at 1-888-520-5202.
Fosamax FDA Drug Safety Communication
In December 2010, the FDA released a Drug Safety Communication regarding the relationship between bisphosphonates such as Fosamax and femur fractures. According to the FDA, people who take a bisphosphonate drug such as Fosamax may be at risk for an atypical subtrochanteric femur fracture. These fractures occur just below the hip joint. Fosamax users may also be at risk for a diaphysis femur fracture which occurs in the thigh bone.
In July 2011, the FDA released a Drug Safety Communication stating that the agency is reviewing data from studies to decide whether the use of bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax can lead to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. The FDA has not yet made a conclusion regarding this potential relationship.
What is Fosamax?
Fosamax is a prescription drug used to prevent or treat osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, reduce the risk of hip or spinal fractures, and increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, among other things.
- goes by the generic name of Alendronate
- contains the active ingredient Alendronate sodium
- was originally approved September 29, 1995
- is manufactured by Merck and Co., Inc.
- is approved for the use of treating osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women. It is also approved to treat Paget’s disease.
Off –label Uses of Fosamax
Despite the severe side effects related to the use of Fosamax, many users take the drug to treat:
- Vitamin D overdose
- Osteoporosis caused by spinal injury
Fosamax Side Effects
While Fosamax is often effective in the treatment of osteoporosis in men, osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and Paget’s disease, the side effects associated with the drug are often severe and may include:
- Esophagus problems
- Hypocalcemia (low calcium levels in the blood)
- Bone, joint, or muscle pain
- Osteonecrosis (severe jaw bone problems)
- Unusual thigh bone fractures