The Gallagher Law Firm is currently prosecuting cases involving harm that may have been caused by the osteoporosis drug, Fosamax. If you think you have been harmed by Fosamax, call The Gallagher Law Firm at (713) 238-7705 or contact us online for a free consultation.
The drug Fosamax (Generic name: Alendronate, “a len’ droe nate”) is a powerful prescription medicine used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women; It helps reduce the chance of having a hip or spinal break (fracture). It’s also designed to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, treat osteoporosis in either men or women who are taking corticosteroid medicines and treat certain men and women who have Paget’s disease (a condition in which bones are easily broken, soft, painful and/or weak) of the bone.
How Fosamax Works
Fosamax works by inhibiting the work of osteoclats . Osteoclats are cells in the body responsible for bone resorption (removing old bone tissue).
Side Effects & Reasons for Fosamax Lawsuits
Common side effects associated with use of this drug are severe esophagus (throat) problems, low calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcemia), bone, joint, or muscle pain, severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis) and unusual thigh bone fractures
The FDA has issued a warning on Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs containing Alendronate for consistently causing or exacerbating atypical femur and hip fractures.
History of Fosamax
This medication was introduced into the market in the late 1990’s by Merck & Co. Inc. It quickly became one of Merck’s top-selling products, and by 2009, it was the 10th best selling drug in the United States. However, in 2004 and 2005, reports of severe side effects and reactions to the drug have since provoked 4 major suits against the pharmaceutical company.
If you think you have been harmed by Fosamax and would like to discuss your rights and options regarding new or existing Fosamax lawsuits, call The Gallagher Law Firm at (713) 238-7705 or contact us online for a free consultation.