The judge presiding over the Fosamax femur fracture multidistrict litigation (MDL) recently appointed a committee of lawyers to act on behalf of plaintiffs suing drugmaker Merck & Co. because of its drug’s propensity to cause abnormal thigh bone breaks.
Multidistrict litigation is a procedural mechanism that allows people with similar legal claims against a common defendant to consolidate their cases for the purposes of increased efficiency and resource conservation. In May a Fosamax femur fracture MDL was established by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in response to the growing number of complaints that the bone-strengthening drug Fosamax causes atypical femur fractures, a type of leg injury which can occur after falls from standing height or less. To date, approximately 60 plaintiffs have accused Merck of failing to adequately research and provide warning of the potential Fosamax side effect.
Overseeing the consolidated Fosamax lawsuits is Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. On July 14 Judge Brown appointed ten lawyers to a Plaintiff’s Steering Committee. The members of the committee will act as liaisons to the other Fosamax femur lawyer representing plaintiffs in the MDL and are responsible for coordinating the litigation against Merck. Their duties include arranging discovery and hearings, callings meetings of plaintiffs’ counsel, and negotiating with Merck’s lawyers.
Last October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated updated labeling information for Fosamax to warn of the risk of atypical femur fractures. The warning was based on research that shows an association between long term use of the drug, most commonly prescribed to post-menopausal women for the prevention of osteoporosis, and femur fractures that can occur after little or no impact. According to the Fosamax medication guide, a user should contact their doctor right way if experiencing new or unusual hip, groin, or thigh pain.
If you’ve already suffered a femur fracture that you believe is linked to Fosamax, you should contact the Rottenstein Law Group right away. Through a lawsuit against Merck, you may be able to recover financial reparations for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses, but you risk receiving nothing without experienced counsel.
The lawyers of RLG have a collective 25 years of experience defending the rights of those injured by corporate negligence. For more information about a Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit, you can download this free brochure. And if you’re ready to find out right now whether you may qualify for compensation, contact RLG by filling out this form or calling 1-877-332-2347.