One of the bisphosphonate medications prescribed for patients diagnosed with osteoporosis or weak and thinning bones, Fosamax, as well as its maker, Merck Pharmaceuticals, are now coming under fire due to an evident connection between the medication and Fosamax-related femur fractures suffered by patients who took the drug.
What is a Fosamax Femur Fracture?
Connecting the hip and the knee joints, the femur is the strongest bone in the human body. Usually only forces such as a serious car accident or falls from great heights are the major causes of femur fractures and breaks. However Fosamax femur fractures have gained notoriety since the popular osteoporosis medication was granted approval by the FDA in 1995. Fosamax femur fractures are being reported by patients with reportedly little to no major force being applied to the femur at all. Simple daily movements such as walking, jogging or minor jumping have now been attributed to Fosamax femur fractures.
Although Fosamax femur fractures were not initially attributed to the drug, medical professionals everywhere are now seeing more and more fractures of the femur and subtrochanteric fractures in those patients who were prescribed Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs which may also cause injuries like those seen in Fosamax femur fractures.
Who is at risk for a Fosamax Femur Fracture?
If you or someone you know has taken Fosamax, you may be at risk for a Fosamax femur fracture. Patients who suffered from osteoporosis, weak or thinning bones who took Fosamax for more than five years are at an especially high risk for a spontaneous Fosamax femur fracture. Patients who have taken this drug for more than five years are advised to consult their doctors as to the recently disclosed risks involved with this medication.
What do I do if I have suffered a Fosamax Femur Fracture?
Medical complications from a Fosamax femur fracture can pose ongoing dangers that may require extended care and cost even after the fracture has healed. If you or someone you know believes they are a victim of a Fosamax femur fracture, you should consult an attorney to ensure your rights are handled correctly in the event of a Fosamax lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that may be related to the use of Fosamax, you should contact one of Chaffin Luhana LLP’s Fosamax femur fracture lawyers immediately for a free and confidential case review today. You may be entitled to compensation, and the lawyers at Chaffin Luhana can help. Call our toll free number today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation: 1-888-480-1123.