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Fosamax Lawsuits – Osteonecrosis of the Jawbone
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) is prescribed to treat osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck. Fosamax is in the class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. Recently, a medical study revealed a connection between Fosamx, and other bisphosphonates, and a serious bone disease called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)
Fosamx Jaw Bone Injury Explained
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) in medical terms means dead (necrosis) and bone (osteo). This Fosamax warning was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and it prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the manufacturer of Fosamax (Merck) to issue a warning to health care professionals on Septemeber 24, 2004. Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) is a condition in which the bone tissue in the jaw fails to heal after minor trauma such as a tooth extraction, causing the bone to be exposed. The exposure can eventually lead to infection and fracture and may require long-term antibiotic therapy or surgery to remove the dying bone tissue. Medical experts say early detection and early treatment of patients with jawbone necrosis is extremely important in preserving the jawbone.
Fosamax – Alendronate Sodium
Bisphosphonates are commonly used in tablet form such as Fosaman (generic: Alendronate Sodium) to prevent osteoporosis and treat osteoporosis in post-memopausal women. Stronger forms of bisphosphonates are commonly used in the management of advanced cancers that have metastasized to the bone, where the disease often causes bone pain and possibly even fractures. Several cancers can involve or metastasize to the bone, including lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma and others. When Fosamax and other bisphosphonates are given in cancer chemotherapy, they may be given intravenously and usually for longer periods of time. If you or a loved one are being prescribed Fosamax or other bisphosphonates, then it is very important that you inform all of your doctors, dentists, oral surgeons and other medical providers. There has been no Fosamax recall issued by Merck or by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
If you or a loved one has suffered ONJ injury as a result of taking Fosamax, we can help. Please click here to contact Pearson Law or call our toll free number at 888-525-1262 to schedule a FREE initial consultation.