Fosamax Side Effects Include Debilitating Femur Fractures
Fosamax is supposed to strengthen bones and offer protection from broken bones. But did you know that Fosamax side effects can include a painful type of fracture known as an atypical femur fracture? In 2010, the high risk of Fosamax femur fractures prompted the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to update label warnings for Fosamax and other bisphosphonates regarding this potential Fosamax side effect.
Since the FDA warning was issued, Fosamax users throughout the U.S. have filed Fosamax side effect lawsuits alleging Merck & Co. failed to warn users of the drug about the potential for painful and debilitating Fosamax femur fractures. Lawsuits involving femur fractures and other Fosamax side effects have been consolidated in a Mass Tort in New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County. Additional Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits filed on the federal level are also pending in a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. If you experienced a Fosamax femur fracture, filing a Fosamax side effect lawsuit could ensure you have the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Fosamax Side Effects: Femur Fractures
While Fosamax is among the most commonly prescribed bisphosphonates in the world, a growing body of research has found that debilitating and painful atypical femur fractures are an all-too-common Fosamax side effect. Bisphosphonates like Fosamax are widely prescribed to post-menopausal women to prevent fractures from osteoporosis. Fosamax may also be prescribed to treat other bone-weakening disorders, such as Paget’s disease. Fosamax works by binding to certain cells in the bones and slows down the rate at which they break down. However, Fosamax side effect lawsuits allege that Fosamax can actually cause atypical femur fractures because it stops bone turnover while allowing mineralization to continue, thus making bones more brittle. In October 2010, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that using Fosamax could cause two types of atypical femur fractures:
• Subtrochanteric: Femur fractures in the bone just below the hip joint.
• Diaphyseal: Femur fractures in the long part of the thigh bone.
The FDA notice pointed out that these types of atypical femur fractures are extremely rare, and occur in only about 1% of the general population. However, a study reviewed by the agency that involved 300 postmenopausal women who had suffered atypical femur fractures revealed that 94% had been taking a bisphosphonate like Fosamax when they were injured. The majority of those who had suffered this Fosamax side effect had been taking the drug for at least five years.
The type of femur fractures caused by Fosamax can occur in the absence of much force or trauma. Some Fosamax femur fracture victims have reported that they were doing normal, non-strenuous activities, such as walking up a flight of steps, when they experienced this Fosamax side effect. According to the FDA, Fosamax users who develop new hip or thigh pain (commonly described as dull or aching pain) should consult their doctors immediately.
If you suffered a femur fracture from Fosamax, you may be eligible to file a Fosamax side effect lawsuit. By filing a Fosamax side effect lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for any medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering you’ve had to endure because of Fosamax. Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the legal process for filing Fosamax side effect lawsuits.