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Time to Talk to a Fosamax Lawyer

Imagine taking a drug suggested by your doctor for a particular problem only to find out that the drug has made the problem much worse. Unfortunately this happens more often than we would like to think. And this is exactly what happened with Fosamax, a drug designed to help people suffering from osteoporosis, prophylaxis or Paget’s disease.

Many people in the US who took the drug have suffered a femur break as a result of taking Fosamax. If this has happened to you then you need to contact a Fosamax lawyer. It is not fair that you should have to suffer the consequences of taking the drug as prescribed by someone you trusted or that was released to the market before it had been properly tested.

You are not alone. There are many other people who have got in touch with a Fosamax lawyer in order to claim compensation for their injuries. Types of compensation that might be available to you include compensation to cover your medical expenses and time spent off work, but also for any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of the femur break or other injuries you received.

The injury might even have let you crippled, destroying your quality of life. These are all reasons to contact a Fosamax lawyer and reasons why you deserve to claim compensation.

Of course, it is important to remember that the Fosamax lawsuits are relatively recent so your Fosamax lawyer might not have filed many Fosamax cases. But there are things that you can check for before choosing a Fosamax lawyer.

You want to make sure the Fosamax lawyer is very experienced in medical malpractice law and is completely up to date with all the facts and latest developments in terms of Fosamax. In this article we will attempt to relay just some of these facts.

What exactly is Fosamax?

Fosamax is the brand name for a substance known as alendronate sodium, which was discovered and then manufactured by Merck more than 20 years ago. The pharmaceutical company received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 and began selling the drug soon after. Fosamax is used to treat prophylaxis, osteoporosis in men and women, corticosteroid-associated osteoporosis, and Paget’s disease and is only available through a prescription.

Up until 2008, when Merck’s patent on Fosamax expired, 20 million prescriptions had been made, making around $3 billion for Merck. If you were one of those people and you suffered a femur break or any of the other symptoms listed below then you should contact a Fosamax lawyer immediately.

The Fosamax lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. are more than happy to take your call.

Femur breaks and Fosamax

The link between atypical femur fractures and Fosamax has only been made recently. Medical experts discovered this link along with a range of serious side effects. The discovery was made due to the nature of atypical fractures, which happens without any or very little impact, such as when someone falls from a standing height or when they are just standing, due to the pressure on the femur.

The studies found that while Fosamax was designed to strengthen bones, it is actually doing just the opposite. As your Fosamax lawyer will be able to advise, the drug causes bones to become brittle and break under even moderate stress. These breaks are particularly unusual because the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body. Another unusual fact is the fractures are seen to be horizontal.

A study was then published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February last year showing that people who took Fosamax were three times more likely to suffer a bone break after having used the drug for five years. The drug actually makes patients’ bones brittle as it hardens the bones.

A further study, published in May last year in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that 78% of women who had atypical femur fractures had taken Fosamax compared with just 10% of the control group, whose femur breaks were typical. The study found that people who took Fosamax had a risk 47.3 times greater of suffering an atypical femur fracture.

If you have suffered a femur break then you are well within your rights to contact a Fosamax lawyer. You should not have to suffer financial, emotional and physical pain of a femur fracture after taking a drug that was designed to stop your bones from breaking. This is why you need to get in touch with a Fosamax lawyer from Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. in order to seek compensation.

Fosamax side effects

People who have taken Fosamax have experienced numerous side effects apart from femur breaks. Any of these side effects listed below may be reasons to contact a Fosamax lawyer. This is especially the case if you were not warned of the possible risks of taking Fosamax. These are just some of the side effects that patients have experienced:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Obstipation
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Ulceration
  • Throat pain
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Kidney problems
  • Skin rash
  • Pain in bones, muscles and joints
  • Various eyes problems
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Abnormalities
  • Ulcers on the esophagus
  • Jaw Osteonecrosis
  • Severe pain
  • Numbness
  • Altered sensation
  • Teeth loosening
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Bone exposure inside the oral cavity

Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a particularly concerning side effect of Fosamax and is most definitely a reason to contact a Fosamax lawyer. The condition is also known as ‘death jaw’ yet it can affect other joints, such as the knees, hips, elbows and ankles. The condition causes permanent loss of blood to the jawbone tissue which eventually causes the bone to collapse.

Any of these serious side effects or a combination of side effects that you believe are linked to Fosamax is reason to contact a Fosamax lawyer today.

Merck forced to change warnings on Fosamax

Since these serious side effects were revealed, and the studies were released on the dangers of taking Fosamax, the FDA told Merck it had to change warnings on Fosamax. The manufacturer was also made to provide more detailed information on Fosamax’s side effects.

Since it has been shown that the most serious side effects come after taking Fosamax over a long period of time, these warnings do very little to change what has happened to the victims of Fosamax. So be sure to contact a Fosamax lawyer as soon as possible if you have suffered one of the devastating side effects of Fosamax.

Talk to a Fosamax lawyer if you believe you have a case against Merck

It is not okay to suffer a serious side effect, such as an atypical femur fracture, after taking a drug that was designed to do just the opposite. You have every right to seek legal help in this case. It might even turn out that you have a claim so the first thing you should do is talk to a Fosamax lawyer at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. We can advise whether we believe your Fosamax case is worth pursuing.

The Fosamax lawyers will help go through your lawsuit to ensure that you were unaware of the side effects associated with taking Fosamax, that you took the drug as prescribed, and that it caused you harm. Our Fosamax lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. will go through the case very carefully to ensure you have a Fosamax claim worth filing.

Our Fosamax lawyers will also be able to tie your case into a class action if necessary. Fosamax has the potential to have affected millions of people so this could be a real possibility. Our Fosamax lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. have the experience and capability to be able to file class action lawsuits, tying your claim together with other similar claims.

The Fosamax lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. are always up-to-date with the latest happenings on current lawsuits underway and any settlements reached with the manufacturer. So if you are looking to file a lawsuit with a Fosamax lawyer after experiencing a serious side effect, then the Fosamax lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. will be able to help.

Contact us today to book in a free consultation with one of our Fosamax lawyers or to get more information about Fosamax and the work we do. We are ready and waiting to take your call and start you on the path to compensation.

You can also find out more about the Fosamax lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. in this article entitled Skilled Fosamax Lawyers a Phone Call Away which explains exactly what we are able to do for you.

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