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.
Fosamax May Cause Femur Fracture
Studies show that Fosamax is known to slow the body’s natural bone-repair process, making bones brittle and resulting in breaks. When Fosamax was released in 1995, it was heavily marketed to women to cure bone-weakening medical conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.
The drug maker, Merck, was instrumental in millions of men and women starting treatment for osteopenia. Before Fosamax, the disease was not considered serious enough for treatment. Shortly after Fosamax became popular, more and more complaints about the drug’s side effects surfaced. One of them was random bone fractures.
For most Fosamax users who have suffered broken bones, the fractures are considered low-energy, or stress, fractures. That means they happened after a minor impact. Women reported breaking their thigh bones doing low energy movements when they took a step backwards or jumped rope. These injuries both were sustained after years of taking Fosamax. Some of the patients reported that they suffered unexplained aching in their thigh bones for weeks and months before the unexplained breaks.
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 Fosamax 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 Fosamax for an average of about seven years. There are several theories as to how Fosamax causes 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. 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 Fosamax and other bisphosphonates were linked to “unusual but serious fractures of the thigh bone.”
In October 2010, the FDA ordered Merck to change its drug label to reflect the bone fracture connection. It took Merck a full 16 months to change the label after the FDA made the request in 2008.
Even today, Merck officials deny any relationship between Fosamax and bone fractures. Company officials continue to say that Fosamax, as with other bisphosphonates, have been shown to decrease femur fracture.
If you need a Fosamax 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.
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If you or someone you know was prescribed Fosamax 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 Fosamax lawyer consultation.