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Fosamax or Alendronate (generic name) is manufactured by Merck.  Nearly 40 million prescriptions have been written for this drug that alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body and makes bones stronger.  Fosamax slows down bone loss (drug inhibits bone reabsorption) while increasing bone mass that may prevent bone fractures in post-menopausal women.  Fosamax is also used to treat Padget’s Disease, a disease that is characterized by accelerated turnover of bone that results in production of new bone that is abnormal in structure.  A study in 2008 published in the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma links the osteoporosis drug Fosamax to a rare type of fractures of the femur. 

According to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, there is also a connection between Fosamax and a serious bone disease called osteonecrosis of the jaw (dead jaw).  In July 2005, this prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Merck Pharmaceuticals to issue a warning to healthcare providers and to update Fosamax package labeling to make reference to osteonecrotic jaw side effect.  Other Fosamax side effects include severe joint, bone, and muscle pain, and joint swelling.  If you have taken Fosamax and have experienced the above side effects, you may qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit.  Thousands of patients have already filed claims in the United States.

Hundreds File Lawsuits Over Fosamax Lawsuits:

Merck pharmaceutical company faces hundreds of Fosamax lawsuits.  Some patients are claiming that Merck failed to warn that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax may cause irreversible bone loss of the jaw leading to jaw removal in some patients.  This condition develops after tooth extraction or invasive dental procedures but has also been reported occurring spontaneously.    They have been sued in federal and state courts throughout  the United States.  Plaintiffs have claimed that Merck misrepresented the safety of the drug and failed to warn doctors and patients about Fosamax side effects.  Merck has already paid out millions and has reserved 60 million dollars for future litigation costs relating to Fosamax side effects including hip, shoulder, and femur fractures. 

If you are currently taking Fosamax, you should be aware of the side effects associated with this product.  If you have been injured by the drug Fosamax you may be entitled to compensation.  You may want to contact a Fosamax attorney and discuss the possibility of a Fosamax lawsuits.


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