If you or someone you love suffered a femur fracture while taking Fosamax, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more, contact the San Diego personal injury law firm The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C.
Fosamax® (alendronate) is a medication prescribed to prevent and treat osteoporosis in women who have gone through menopause and to treat osteoporosis in men. It is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates.
In addition, because a group of medicines called corticosteroids may cause osteoporosis, both men and women taking this type of medication are sometimes given Fosamax.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to thin, weaken, and break easily. Bones in these patients may be so weak that something as simple as a sneeze, a minor fall, or gently bumping into an object can break a bone. The condition exists in 44 million people in the U.S.
Throughout one’s life, the body continues making new bone and breaking down old bone. The latter is called resorption. When we are young, more new bone is formed faster than it is resorbed. At about 30 years old, the process begins to reverse and bone slowly starts to resorb faster than it is produced. If bone building happens too slowly, or resorption is too fast, osteoporosis develops.
The disease is more likely to develop in people who did not build enough bone during the body’s bone-building years.
Fosamax Femur Fractures
The use of Fosamax has coincided with an unusual type of fracture of the thigh bone just below the hip. In March 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement it called an “ongoing safety review” of Fosamax. The agency’s announcement said, “the data it reviewed have not shown a clear connection between bisphosphonate use and a risk of” unusual fractures of the femur just below the hip bone.”
Have You Suffered a Femur Fracture?
If you have taken Fosamax and had an “atypical” fracture of the femur, you might want to investigate further any type of relationship between taking the drug and suffering from one of these unusual types of fracture of the thigh bone.
Melinda J. Helbock is a San Diego personal injury attorney who represents individuals harmed by defective and unsafe drugs such as Fosamax. If you or someone you love has had a thigh bone fracture after taking Fosamax, you should contact The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C. to find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your injuries.
*Additional Notes: Fosamax® (alendronate) is manufactured by Merck. Click here for Patient Information.