Fosamax is a drug prescribed to people suffering from osteoporosis or Pagets disease. Although Fosamax was approved by the FDA in 1995, and has been prescribed to millions of people over the past 10 years, new studies are showing that there is a link between Fosamax and a degenerative bone disease called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ).
Fosamax is a type of drug called a bisphosphonate, and Merck manufactures it; its generic drug name is Alendronate Sodium. Fosamax changes the way bone tissue regenerates, and in patients with bone diseases like osteoporosis, or cancer, it slows bone loss.
Currently, lawsuits are being filed against Merck and other drug companies that produce bisphosphonates because they have been connected to Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ or Dead Jaw).
According to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, patients suffering from bone diseases, who are taking Fosamax, or any other bisphosphonate drug, can suffer Dead Jaw if they suffer trauma to their jawbone. This has occurred in patients taking Fosamax, who then had to under go a tooth extraction, or other dental procedure.
Osteonecrosis causes the bone tissue to be unable to heal itself after minor trauma. When a patient taking Fosamax undergoes a tooth extraction, the bone is unable to heal, and is left exposed. This can lead to the patient having to undergo antibiotic therapy, or even having the dead bone tissue removed.
If you or a loved one is currently taking or has taken Fosamax, and are now suffering from osteonecrosis of the jaw, you may be able to recover compensation from the losses you have endured. In order to learn more about Fosamax, or to file a claim against the maker of Fosamax, contact the experienced dangerous drug attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P.®
Our lawyers will work with you to determine if your ONJ is a direct result of taking Fosamax. They will also provide you with a free initial consultation where they will help you identify the best course of action to take and what losses you have endured that you may be able to recover compensation for. Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® today to schedule your free initial consultation.