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August 27, 2007
Seven Texas Residents Sue Merck Over Fosamax
Seven southeast Texas residents who developed osteonecrosis of the jaw after taking osteoporosis drug Fosamax are suing Merck.
In their suit, the plaintiffs allege Fosamax is "defective, dangerous to human health, unfit and unsuitable to be marketed and sold in commerce and lacked the proper warnings as to the dangers associated with its ingestion."
The suit also alleges Merck pharmaceutical reps bribed physicians to prescribe Fosamax, and that the company knew of the medication's dangerous side effect but "maliciously" marketed the drug anyway.
View our page on Fosamax side effects to read what others have experienced with this drug or to share your own experience.
February 12, 2007
Achy knuckles / numbness in hands
By: Ms. Cannon
I am so thankful for this site. My GYN (dr.) has been urging me to try Fosamax for a few years. I resisted because in general I prefer the more "natural" route.
After first dose, I woke up at night because when I opened and closed my right hand, the knuckles would click, almost like they were coming out of joint and then back into place ... very wierd! I must have done it in my sleep and woke up because it felt so strange. The knuckles in my right hand ache. After the second dose, I noticed that now my left hand knuckles are getting stiff. And I mentioned to my daughter the other day that my knees feel stiff and my forearm bone on each arm feels like I clunked it against something.
Before Fosamax I had none of these bone/achy/pain issues. Call me naive, but I was thinking "maybe this is my bones densifying and this is what it feels like". Another side effect I am noticing is numbness and ache coming down from under my right arm, through my right elbow, into my right hand to the pinky. Sometimes my right hand knuckles around the pinky and ring finger feel "mushy". Now that I have read all of the postings, you can bet that I am pitching out all of these darn pills! My instinct told me not to take them, but I tried anyway. I already have TMJ and soft teeth - you can bet I don't want to start up anything in that area!!
Check out Kevin Trudeau's work. He is on the cutting edge of busting the big Pharma and FDA.
Somebody needs to hold these people accountable!
Thank you for posting & God bless.
February 4, 2007
Merck Puts Aside $48 Million to Battle Fosamax Lawsuits
Merck says it has put aside $48 million in defense funds to battle Fosamax lawsuits that will begin going to trial in 2008.
[Merck CEO Richard] Clark said that the company now faces about 104 cases over Fosamax, the bulk of which have been filed in federal court. He added that the first of these cases will likely not go to trial until 2008. Clark emphasized that Fosamax has been on the market for over 10 years and that reported cases of osteonecrosis were very rare.
Click here to read the concerns of doctors over the longterm safety of the drug. More and more cases of osteonecrosis and other Fosamax side effects are emerging. As with many other things, side effects occur after many years of use.
August 21, 2006
The Fosamax Debate Goes On
Evelyn Pringle has written a great piece on the side effects of Fosamax and the debate over what to do about it.
Merck's second-best selling drug, Fosamax, has been linked to jaw bone death, a condition that can involve severe pain, infection, loose teeth, exposed bone, loss of function and disfigurement, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. And yet sales of the drug remain steady with no decrease whatsoever.
July 26, 2006
Oral Surgeon Warns of Fosamax Problems
Oral surgeons, who happen to see firsthand the jaw problems that bisphosphonates can cause, are being much more outspoken about the Fosamax problems than many primary care physicians. It's all well and good for doctors to tell you that osteonecrosis of the jaw is a rare side effect and not to worry about it, but perhaps they'd be singing a different tune if, like oral and facial reconstructive surgeon Dr. Gregory Lutcavage, they had to treat the patients with exposed bone and deal with the situation firsthand. Speaking about his patients with jaw necrosis, he said:
"We just try to get them comfortable again," he said. "It's going to get to the point where people will have to live with exposed bone because we don't have the treatment."
He also had some words about the drug companies and how they've handled the situation:
The whole process has been very frustrating, Lutcavage said, especially witnessing patients suffering and drug companies delaying going public about the risks and ramification ... "One drug company did not come out with the update to their circular until about three or four months ago," he said. "We were seeing this three years ago."
I applaud those doctors who have their patients' best interests at heart and are willing to tell the truth about these drugs.
July 17, 2006
Fosamax Side Effects
We've talked a lot about the link between Fosamax (alendronate) and jaw osteonecrosis, but what about the other side effects of Fosamax? From what I've heard, bone pain is a common side effect of this drug. In fact, many women report such severe bone pain that they are hardly able to function. If this drug is supposed to make women (and men) stronger, why is it making so many weaker? The company lists the following as possible side effects: worsening heartburn, difficult or painful swallowing, chest pain, and severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. It says that "severe bone, joint and/or muscle pain" has been reported but is "rare." And does the official Fosamax site say anything about jaw osteonecrosis? Here's what it says, buried deep in the document:
"Rarely, patients have had jaw problems associated with delayed healing and infection, often following tooth extraction."
There's a big difference between "delayed healing and infection" and osteonecrosis of the jaw. The vagueness of the phrase "jaw problems" would be amusing if so many people weren't suffering from these "problems."
What about the woman who ended up with her jaw bone in a bucket?
We'd like you to post your Fosamax side effects here. Just click on the "comments" link and let us know what your experiences have been. This page will be a spot where people can share their experiences, both good and bad, so others can decide if they want to take this drug and other bisphosphonates. If you've had no side effects we'd like to hear from you, too.
July 13, 2006
Does Fosamax Build the Wrong Kind of Bone?
Perhaps you think lawyers are blowing the Fosamax dangers out of proportion just to make a buck or two. Maybe you think that the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw is so rare that it isn't something you should worry about. After all, many people on these drugs have no side effects and their bone density scores have risen. Yes, these osteoporosis drugs may increase your bone density scores, but is it just window dressing? Are your bones really stronger or is it just the scores that are stronger?
John Abramson is a family practice physician on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. In his book, Overdosed America, he writes about osteoporosis, Fosamax, and the kind of bone it builds:
The new bone, formed as a result of taking the osteoporosis drugs, is then formed primarily on the outer part of the bone, the cortical bone. This increases the score on the bone density test but does not necessarily contribute proportionately to fracture resistance.
For the full excerpt on osteoporosis and Fosamax as well as more information about Dr. Abramson and his book, visit the link below.
Excerpt from Overdosed America