Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld has a show on Fox News on Sunday mornings called Ask the Doctor. I usually tape it so I can listen later, and on April 23rd, shortly after the Fosamax lawsuits stories were published, someone asked the following question. Here is his answer:
Should people stop taking Fosamax?
“It’s very important to take Fosamax. Don’t let these headlines deter you. However, you should know, if you’re taking Fosamax, and you have a dental problem—you go to the dentist and he has to extract a tooth—that exposes a piece of the jawline which in women who take Fosamax can become infected, and when that bone becomes infected it can rot, and so on, and collapse. So what you need to remember is not to stop Fosamax—continue your Fosamax if your doctor has prescribed it—but if you go to the dentist tell the dentist and he or she may have to give you antibiotics and keep a close eye on the site of the extraction or sometimes they may decide not to do an extraction and maybe do a root canal instead. So it’s something you ought to discuss with your dentist. I’m so concerned because so many of my patients have been calling and saying, ‘Listen, should I stop Fosamax?’ The answer is no.”
So he says don't stop Fosamax, just remember to tell your dentist you're on it so he can be very very careful to not do anything that could cause your jaw to rot. I just find this answer to be incomprehensible. Would Dr. Rosenfeld risk taking Fosamax if he knew there was ANY possibility of his own jaw disentegrating? I can't believe that he would. As all the people on these drugs get older the odds are pretty good they are going to need some dental work that could put them at risk for osteonecrosis. So take this pill and wonder for the rest of your life what might happen if you need some dental work?? Don't let the headlines deter you? Dr. Rosenfeld, I enjoy listening to you, but I just do not understand this reasoning.
As I wrote in a previous post, Stella Poe said if she had been warned of the risks she wouldn't have taken Fosamax. I find it hard to believe that anyone would.