Attorneys have filed hundreds of Fosamax lawsuits on behalf of injured individuals alleging that Fosamax caused Jaw Bone Death, or osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). One of the first Fosamax lawsuits concerning Jaw Bone Death to be presented to a jury resulted in a mistrial. That case was recently retried and the jury found for the plaintiff, awarding her $8 million for her injuries. In addition to Jaw Bone Death, a growing number of Fosamax patients have reported that Fosamax causes other severe side effects such as femur fractures, abnormal bone weakness, and heart conditions.

Fosamax Lawsuits for Femur Fractures

On March 3, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a drug safety communication warning doctors and patients of a link between Fosamax and femur fractures.  On March 8, 2010, ABC News reported on the link between Fosamax and femur fractures. These femur fractures are particularly unusual since the femur (thigh bone) is one of the strongest bones in the body and thus one of the most difficult to fracture. According to the ABC News report, Fosamax patients have reported femur fractures during low-impact activities such as standing and walking.

The manufacturer of Fosamax, Merck & Co., has known about the potential risk of femur fractures in Fosamax patients for several years, and is now defending itself in multiple Fosamax lawsuits. In 2008, the FDA contacted Merck about the issue, and it took Merck 16 months to add “low energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures” to the listed possible Fosamax side effects. Even after the ABC news report, Merck stated, “Based on what we know now, we believe that the benefits of bisphosphonates outweigh potential risks.” Merck’s delay in actively addressing this severe side effect of Fosamax may leave the company vulnerable to many more Fosamax lawsuits in the future.

File a Fosamax Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have been injured by Fosamax, you may be eligible to file a Fosamax lawsuit seeking compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Information on Fosamax Lawsuits

If you have any questions or need additional information, the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are available to help. Please contact us today to assess your potential Fosamax lawsuit.

Published November 17, 2011 by