The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will be investigating claims that the prescription medication Fosamax increases the risk of prescribed users suffering bone fractures when taking the drug over an extended period. The drug has been considerably popular in the treatment of osteoporosis, however the FDA has finally deemed it necessary to determine on its own if Fosamax poses a greater threat than it does benefit.
Fosamax and similar osteoporosis medications, falling under the class of bisphosphonates, were the subject of another FDA study in 2008, however the results of that investigation deemed that the drug was not responsible for causing fractures or for inhibiting bone repair and regenerative development. The ultimate outcome of the previous study was that Fosamax and comparible were of greater benefit to prescribed users than they were of detriment.
The drug has also been accused of causing serious damage to the tissue is the jaw bone, as well as additional health complications in women, including atrial fibrillation and irregular heartbeats. Other severe side effects and related health complications of bisphosphonates include chest pain, difficulty with swallowing, and serious heartburn, intense joint and bone pain, and/or swelling in the jaw. More common side effects include mild heartburn, nausea, stomach pains, slight joint pains or swelling, swelling of the hands or feets, back pains, and/or dizziness and headaches.
Fosamax and related osteoporosis drugs are prime moneymakers for the pharmaceutical companies, as sales of bone and osteoporosis drugs surpassed $3.5 billion in 2008, as prescriptions rose equally to more than 37 million in the U.S. Since awareness of these potential side effects has increased, Fosamax’s parent company, Merck & Co., Inc., has maintained that it has kept consumers aware of the potential dangers.
If you or a loved one has experienced a serious side effect or symptoms of side effects related to Fosamax or similar drugs, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with injuries associated with prescription medication. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.