Fosamax has been linked to “DEAD JAW”
Studies have found that Fosamax can increase the risk of a rare, but serious, condition called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ), also called Dead Jaw. While this condition is rare, this Fosamax side effect risk increases dramatically following oral surgery or other forms of oral trauma. Some experts have urged patients to avoid tooth extraction and other types of oral surgery while using Fosamax to reduce the risk of osteonecrosis.
Patients who have developed osteonecrosis while taking Fosamax have the legal right to seek compensation for their losses and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured by Fosamax, please contact us to learn more about your legal rights and options. The qualified attorneys at Miller & Associates are experienced in handling cases of similar nature and are prepared to protect your interests.
What is Fosamax?
Fosamax (alendronate sodium) is a prescription drug belonging to a family known as bisphosphonates. These non-hormonal drugs are used to treat osteoporosis and other conditions of the bone because they slow bone breakdown. The FDA approved Fosamax in September 1995 to treat osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women and Paget’s disease. It is also prescribed to patients whose cancer has metastasized to the bone.
Many critics say that Merck aggressively promoted Fosamax to consumers by selling the fear of disabling hip fractures to women. A recent lawsuit alleges that Merck has been negligent in their marketing of this drug due to the risk of osteonecrosis.
Fosamax and Osteonecrosis
In 2004, the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons published findings that indicate a significant link between osteonecrosis and drugs like Fosamax. According to a recent Fosamax lawsuit, filed in April 2006, the FDA had asked Merck in 2004 to add a stronger warning label for Fosamax to warn of osteonecrosis risks, but the company failed to comply.
Osteonecrosis (ONJ) is a serious condition characterized by tissue death in the jawbone following minor trauma or surgery during which the bone is exposed. In addition to tissue death, osteonecrosis can cause infection and fracture. Long-term antibiotic treatment and/or surgery are often required to treat this condition.
Have you been injured by Fosamax?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with osteonecrosis, you may be able to recover your losses with the help of a qualified attorney. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified attorney at Miller & Associates. We can answer your questions and help you determine the course of action that will best protect and maximize your interests.
Are you concerned about Fosamax?
If you or a loved one is taking Fosamax and you are concerned about the risks involved, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified doctor. Together, you can discuss the risks and benefits of continuing Fosamax use. It is important to remember that while osteonecrosis is a serious side effect of Fosamax, it is rare. Other side effects of Fosamax include gastrointestinal problems, esophageal ulcers and related complications, chest pain, heartburn, and allergic reaction. If you experience any unwanted symptoms while taking Fosamax it is important to talk to your doctor.