In 2008, a study that appeared in the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma found that among 70 femur fracture patients, 25 of them, or 36 percent were taking Fosamax to treat osteoporosis. More studies have since added weight to the findings, suggesting that long-term use of Fosamax could lead some patients to suffer this unfortunate injury.
More recently, the New York Times reported in September 2011, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was planning to strengthen the language on warning labels of bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax, that are taken by millions of women to strengthen bones and prevent fractures. The concern, based on prior studies, is that long-term use of the medication could lead to these rare thigh-bone fractures, and might even cause a serious jaw disease known as osteonecrosis, or “jawbone death.”
According to FDA statistics, about 9 percent of patients take a bisphosphonate for more than three years, with less than one percent taking the medication for longer than five years. The agency has suggested that patients review the need for the drug annually with their physicians.
Osteoporosis Patients Should Consult a Physician About Fosamax
Although Fosamax has helped many people keep the effects of osteoporosis in check, there might be alternatives to the drug. Lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications and the addition of exercise can help strengthen bones and help reverse bone loss. Only a qualified medical professional, however, can advise whether osteoporosis can be treated without medication. It is important to weigh the risks and benefits of a drug like Fosamax in order to determine whether it is right for you.
RLG Attorneys Can Help Those Injured By Fosamax
The decision to hire an attorney to represent you in a lawsuit against Merck, the manufacturer of Fosamax, should be one you think over carefully. After discussing your situation with your doctor, you should consult a qualified personal injury lawyer to determine whether you are eligible for compensation. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of collective experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. For a free, confidential consultation, please fill out the contact form at the top right of this page.