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Did You Receive Fosamax Warnings?

If you did not receive the appropriate Fosamax warnings before taking the drug – prescribed to people suffering from osteoporosis, prophylaxis or Paget’s disease – and suffered a femur break then you need to get in touch with an attorney today.

You are not the only one who has suffered a femur break after taking Fosamax and who is now making a claim because they did not receive the proper Fosamax warnings. In fact, tens of millions of prescriptions have been written in the US since Fosamax was released to the market in 1995.

Talk to a Fosamax warning attorney today

If you did not receive Fosamax warnings regarding femur breaks and other side effects or if you believe the product was not properly tested before being released then you need to contact a Fosamax warning attorney. It is important that you receive compensation for the injuries you received due to not being warned about Fosamax – particularly as the femur breaks suffered by patients is exactly the opposite of what was intended – and a Fosamax warning attorney will help you with this.

Types of compensation that you might be eligible for and that you can go through with your Fosamax warning attorney include covering your medical bills and any lost salary as well as pain and suffering experienced as a result of the injuries. The injuries might have affected your quality of life perhaps for the rest of your life. So do not delay in contacting a Fosamax lawyer.

When choosing a Fosamax warning attorney, make sure they are highly experienced in medical malpractice law and fully informed about the injuries relating to Fosamax and the lack of Fosamax warnings by the manufacturer and by physicians. Also check that the Fosamax warning attorney has experience winning medical malpractice claims.

What is Fosamax?

Fosamax, also known as alendronate sodium, was manufactured by Merck after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995. Merck’s patent on Fosamax expired in 2008, at which time 20 million prescriptions had been made, of which Merck profited to the sum of about $3 billion.

If you suffered a femur break as a result of taking Fosamax and did not receive Fosamax warnings then you can see why it is crucial that you contact a Fosamax warning attorney immediately.

Lack of Fosamax warnings on femur breaks

Studies on Fosamax have only recently discovered the link between atypical femur fractures and taking Fosamax. Along with a range of serious side effects, medical experts discovered that people who took Fosamax were more likely to suffer an atypical fracture despite little or no impact on the bone. These breaks are considered atypical as they occur under very little stress, such as falling from a standing height or just standing and putting pressure on the femur.

The studies reveal that a lack of Fosamax warnings on the risks of femur breaks and other side effects might be more to do with the product being poorly tested before being released to the market. Despite the fact that Fosamax was designed to strengthen bones, it actually makes them very brittle as it hardens them. This can cause the bones to break even under moderate stress. What makes these breaks so unusual is that the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body and the fractures caused by Fosamax are actually horizontal.

What makes Fosamax warnings so important is that the risk of suffering a femur break seems to increase the longer a patient uses the drug. In February last year a study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that those who took Fosamax were three times more likely to suffer a bone break if they had used the drug for five years or more.

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

Merck told to change Fosamax warnings

After the findings of these studies were revealed, the FDA told Merck to change Fosamax warnings. The manufacturer was also made to provide more detailed information on the side effects of Fosamax such as atypical femur breaks.

Unfortunately, since Fosamax has been prescribed over nearly 20 years and the studies show that serious side effects such as femur breaks are associated with taking Fosamax over a long period of time, the Fosamax warnings come too little too late. That is why if you have been affected by a lack of Fosamax warnings your next course of action should be to contact a Fosamax warning lawyer.

You should not have to suffer physically, emotionally and financially due to the effects of a drug that was not properly tested and did not come with appropriate warnings. Fosamax was prescribed to you in order to stop your bones from breaking, not cause them to break and this lack of Fosamax warnings has likely taken a great toll on you emotionally and caused a great deal of physical pain.

Contact a Fosamax warning attorney at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C.

It is for these reasons outlined above that you should contact a Fosamax warning attorney at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. without delay. You should not be made to put up with the crippling effects of a femur break because of a lack of Fosamax warnings. There are a few people who would have thought that a drug they took to strengthen their bones would do the opposite, which is why Fosamax warnings were so important.

If this has happened to you then you are completely within your rights to seek legal help. The Fosamax warning attorneys at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. will be able to go through your case personally and advise as to whether they believe you have a Fosamax warning case worth filing.

The Fosamax warning attorneys at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. will assess if you were warned of the side effects of taking Fosamax, if you used Fosamax as prescribed, and if you received an injury. This enables our Fosamax warning attorneys to check that you have the prerequisites for making a claim and allows us to then get on with filing your claim.

If necessary, our Fosamax warning attorneys may suggest forming a class action lawsuit with other claimants who had a similar experience to you. Due to the nature of the Fosamax warnings case, this may be a real possibility as so many people have been affected by the drug and by the lack of Fosamax warnings. Therefore it is important to find a Fosamax warning attorney who has the ability to file a class action lawsuit. The Fosamax warning attorneys at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. are more than capable of taking on and winning class action lawsuits, as you can see on our verdicts and settlements page.

So do not delay and contact us today at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. in order to arrange a free and confidential consultation with one of our Fosamax warning attorneys. We will be happy to provide you with more information on the lack of Fosamax warnings and its link to atypical femur breaks if you require it.

We can also provide further details on why you should hire the Fosamax warning attorneys at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. Or you can find out for yourself in this article entitled Lack of Fosamax Warnings? Hire an Attorney.

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