Many of the plaintiffs who have filed Fosamax lawsuits against Merck & Co., the drug’s manufacturer, have claimed that the company never disclosed serious side effects associated with the osteoporosis drug. Without comprehensive information, it is difficult to prove what the company knew and did not share with the public about Fosamax, before the drug was approved for use by the FDA.
Recently, Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and a group of House Democrats, proposed legislation that would require drug and medical device manufacturers to register with, and report the results of all human clinical trials to ClinicalTrials.gov, a publicly accessible federal database.
Drug Companies Sometimes ‘Hide’ Negative Test Results
According to an August 2, 2012 press release issued by Rep. Markey’s office, the proposed Trial and Experimental Studies Transparency (TEST) Act of 2012 (H.R. 6272), is legislation that “updates and expands the clinical trial registry data bank – ClinicalTrials.gov – with stronger reporting requirements.” Rep. Markey is quoted as saying that drug manufacturers sometimes “hide negative study results, while emphasizing the positive ones … putting people unnecessarily at risk.”
The TEST Act would make ClinicalTrials.gov a more valuable resource by requiring drug and medical device manufacturers to register with ClinicalTrials.gov all interventional biomedical studies on humans, and post the results from these trials on ClinicalTrials.gov within one year of the trial’s completion.
Injured By Your Medication? RLG Can Help
Had many Fosamax users been aware of the risks, some might not have experienced femur fractures or osteonecrosis of the jaw, which indicates that the proposed legislation might prevent drug-related injuries in the future. If you have been taking Fosamax for an extended period of time and have suffered a femur fracture, it could be because of the medication, and you might be eligible for compensation by filing a femur fracture lawsuit against Merck. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group can help. Our Fosamax lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for clients in consumer product injury and mass tort cases. Please fill out our contact form or call us at 1-877-332-2347, and one of our lawyers will be in touch.
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