A Mississippi woman who suffered a fractured left femur after taking Fosamax from December 2005 until July 2010 has filed a lawsuit against Merck, the manufacturer of the drug. The suit was filed on June 29, 2012 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County Law Division.
The plaintiff alleges that the woman “suffered from a left subtrochanteric femur fracture…and that the Plaintiff also endured severe mental and physical pain and suffering, permanent injuries, emotional distress, economic loss due to medical expenses and living related expenses due to a new lifestyle.”
The lawsuit further alleges that the woman’s injuries are a result of using Fosamax for a five year period. The woman also claims she would never have taken the drug if she were fully informed about the risks. Allegedly, Merck knew that taking Fosamax could result in “severely suppressed bone turnover and multiple stress fractures,” but did not adequately warn consumers or the public.
Recently, the FDA released data suggesting that there might be no benefit to taking Fosamax and other bisphosphonates on a long-term basis. After reviewing data from 2,342 women the agency stated that there is “little benefit of continued bisphosphonate treatment beyond 5 years.” Another recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that 82 percent of patients with atypical femur fractures had been taking bisphosphonates.
Osteoporosis Patients Should Consult a Physician About Fosamax
A drug like Fosamax can help those who are coping with bone loss. Very often, however, lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications and the addition of exercise can help strengthen bones and help reverse bone loss. Only a qualified medical professional, however, can advise whether osteoporosis can be treated without medication. It is important to weigh the risks and benefits of a drug like Fosamax in order to determine whether it is right for you.
RLG Represents Injured Fosamax Users
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 lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for clients in consumer product injury and mass tort cases. Please fill out our confidential contact form, or call us at 1-877-332-2347, and one of our lawyers will be in touch.
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