FOSAMAX update: The first Fosamax trial involving the fracture of the femur (thigh bone) is scheduled to begin in early March before Judge Higbee in New Jersey. It is expected this trial will likely take a number of weeks.

Fosamax is a drug that is used to treat osteoporosis in men and women. Since being introduced in late 1995, Fosamax is the most extensively used oral bisphosphonate, taken by more than 20 million people. However, there are dangers associated with Fosamax, resulting in numerous Fosamax lawsuits against the manufacturer of the drug. In October 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced bisphosphonate drug manufacturers would need to change their labels to specify the risks Fosamax may pose to patients taking bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis. The label change will reflect the risk of femur fractures or breaks of the thigh bone occurring to those using bisphosphonates.

The kinds of leg fractures of the thigh bone that have been linked to bisphosphonate use, including Fosamax, are unusual femur fractures; that is, fractures of the large bone in the upper leg. Often these fractures occur with little or no stress on the leg.

Fosamax has also been linked to many serious and often severe side effects, including esophageal cancer; inflammation of the throat, stomach and esophagus; and bone, joint, and muscle pain. As early as 2001, Fosamax was also linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ. It is also referred to as “dead jaw syndrome.” Dentists and oral surgeons noticed during a patient’s dental work a correlation between teeth and jaw decay, as well as jaw bone loss with bisphosphonate use. (See separate link to Fosamax and ONJ). There have been a number of verdicts in favor of the drug manufacturer and one very large verdict for a person who was using Fosamax. Most recently, there was a $285,000 verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a Fosamax jaw case. It is expected the verdict will be appealed. Nevertheless, this verdict was encouraging for all people who suffer from osteonecrosis or similar serious jaw problems since taking Fosamax.

There are strict time deadlines, called Statutes of Limitations, which must be met in all such cases. If you have a Fosamax case but do not file and serve your lawsuit before the time deadline you will be forever barred from bringing such a case. Fortunately, if you took Fosamax in North Dakota or Minnesota the time deadlines are longer than in some other states. Nevertheless, there are still strict time deadlines in North Dakota and Minnesota, just like other states and if you miss the deadline you cannot pursue your claim. Therefore, if you believe that you or your loved one may have a Fosamax claim because you took Fosamax, and now suffer from serious problems, you should immediately contact an attorney.

Solberg Stewart Miller does not represent the manufacturer of Fosamax but rather the law firm is representing people injured by Fosamax. Solberg Stewart Miller is investigating and or pursuing “femur fracture” and “bad jaw” injury lawsuits in Fargo, North Dakota and Minnesota as well as other states. There is no charge for an initial consultation with any Solberg Stewart Miller attorney in regard to a potential Fosamax case. If the Solberg law firm takes your case, you pay nothing unless you make a recovery. If you were on Fosamax and suffered a femur fracture or serious jaw injury such as ONJ, you may have a substantial claim. Call 237.3166 (Fargo) or 1.877.237.3166 (toll free) or email mmiller@solberglaw.com.
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