On September 9, 2011, two FDA advisory panels recommended that labels for certain bisphosphonate drugs be changed to warn against the risk of femur fractures. The drugs, marketed to the public as Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, are commonly prescribed for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women; however, they have approved for a variety of other conditions, such as Paget’s disease.
The advisory panel’s recommendation followed a study of more than 300 cases of such femur fractures where it was found that 94% of the patients had taken bisphosphonates, and most had been on the drugs for five or more years. These drugs have been linked to two rare forms of thigh fractures occurring either just below the hip joint or in the long part of the thigh bone.
Actonel May Cause Femur Fracture
Actonel is a biphosphonate drug manufactured by the company Warner Chilcott LLC, that was first approved by the FDA in 1998. It is designed to increase bone mass in both men and women who have osteoporosis, and is also indicated for use in individuals who suffer from Paget’s disease. Patients who have been taking biphosphonates like Actonel for years have reported severe side effects from taking these drugs, including:
Osteonecrosis of the jaw
Severe musculoskeletal pain
For most Actonel and other biphosphonate users who have suffered broken bones, the fractures are considered low-energy, or stress, fractures. Even though they are low-impact accidents, they can be highly painful. If something similar has happened to you or a family member and you need a Actonel lawyer Savannah GA has the professional team to help you get the compensation you deserve.
One research study looked at 20 patients who had recently broken bones. Of those 20 people, 19 had been taking biphosphonates for an average of about seven years. There are several theories as to how biphosphonates cause the bone breaks. Some say the drug causes “frozen bone,” a condition that shuts down the body’s natural process of bone breakdown and regeneration. It makes bones more susceptible to clean fractures.
In March 2010, the FDA started its own investigation into the link between femur fractures and bisphosphonate drugs, including Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva. The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research submitted its report to the FDA, underscoring the bisphosphonate risks. The research found that long-term use of these and other bisphosphonates were linked to “unusual but serious fractures of the thigh bone.”
If you have taken any of these biphosphonates manufactured by Merck (Fosamax), Genetech (Boniva), or Warner Chilcott (Actonel), you should consider a lawsuit for financial compensation. If you need a Actonel lawyer Savannah GA has a team with experience to help you. The attorneys at Tate Law Group are investigating these injuries and currently litigating a number of cases filed in the recently created MDL Court located in the District of New Jersey.
If you or a loved one has suffered any of these side effects from taking Actonel, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. The attorneys at Tate Law Group are investigating these injuries and currently litigating a number of cases filed in the recently created MDL Court located in the District of New Jersey.
Savannah Attorneys of Tate Law Group, LLC. Will Help You Pursue Actonel Compensation
If you or someone you know was prescribed Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva and has suffered a femur fracture, please call Tate Law Group today toll-free at (866) 610-7107 (or) contact us online for a free lawyer consultation.