According to one legal information source, since 2001 more than 2,400 people have reported cases of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) due to bone-protecting medications like Fosamax. Furthermore, 120 people developed bone, joint, and muscle problems so severe that they were left crippled and forced to depend on walkers, canes, crutches, and wheelchairs. ONJ has also led to tooth loss, gum disease and infection. In April of 2006, a Fosamax lawsuit was filed in Florida alleging that the manufacturer (Merck Laboratories) failed to provide adequate warning of the risks associated with the drug.
Merck’s patent on Fosamax has expired, but it has set aside tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of future litigation. Fosamax use has been widespread and as ONJ cases continue to emerge, the pool of potential litigants is expanding. It seems that in many Fosomax lawsuits, the issue for Merck is likely to be their failure to provide sufficient warnings on the product in spite of what they were learning through follow-up collections of clinical data.
Fosamax and “jawbone death’ have become inextricably related in the medical product liability world. As cases continue to develop and Fosomax lawsuits are continuing to arise, a class action Fosamax lawsuit is not out of the question. There are simply too many Fosamax side effects, ranging from minor irritations to severe medical problems. Merck chose to downplay those side effects until prodded by the FDA and even then their marketing materials were not completely forthcoming.
Contact us if you have taken Fosamax and are having medical problems as a result. We’ll help you sort out the facts contained in your medical history so that you know if you have a case.