Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast all belong to a group of medications (biphosphonates) that are prescribed to prevent and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Millions of patients have reportedly used Fosamax as it is most prescribed of the three. Merck & Co. and Novartis, manufacturers of Fosamax and Reclast, have financed another study, which decided that the drugs are safe. The new results claim the chance of a minimal impact break of the femur while using these medications is unusual. These recent findings are written in the newest issue of the New England Medical Journal.
The latest research analyzed previous studies showing that of the more than 10,000 women taking biphosphonates, only a dozen suffered minimal impact fractures. Scientists concluded that the positive effects patients have in reducing fractures, prevails over the unusual instance of drug related fractures. The scientists agree that minimal impact or spontaneous breaks could occur while taking these medications however, the likelihood us very unusual. They warned that the research was incomplete. Though evidence for fractures linked to biphosphonates was not found, the studies were not fully comprehensive for absolute results.
Merck & Co. has been the recipient of several fracture lawsuits, as consumers believe Fosamax was not effectively studied and the company failed to include possible fractures as a side effect. Almost 1,000 lawsuits have already been filed against the corporation due to jawbone fractures as a result of osteonecrosis, which means the bone has died and decomposed. The cases have been grouped together for pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court of New York.
The FDA states it continues to study the possible correlation between the medications and fractures but as of yet can find none. The Journal of Orthopedic Trauma (May/June 2008 issue) documents the results of research that show a 98 percent correlation, but also claims that those suffering broken bones had been taking the medication for a longer period of time. Research results in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Bones and Mineral Research examine a patient, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and other risk factors, taking Fosamax for almost a decade and indeed suffering fractures.
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.