In New Jersey, a product liability trial is under way to conclude whether Merck & Co. are liable for a woman’s jaw loss. According to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, studies have shown that many Fosamax patients suffered femur-fractures after low-impact falls and “jaw death.” Merck may have been too slow in warning its patients of any risks.
Fosamax (alendronate) is prescribed for osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become increasingly fragile. Drugs such as Fosamax, which is in the bisphosphonates category, are prescribed to increase bone density. However, in 2004 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concerns to the drug manufacturer regarding a possible link between bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). Symptoms of ONJ include loose teeth, jaw pain, exposed bone, severe mouth infections, swelling in the mouth, ulcers, and sores.
If you or a loved one have suffered from any of the side effects caused by taking Fosamax, or have experienced any other serious health-related side effects as the result of using a medication that may be dangerous, you should contact a Philadelphia adverse drug reaction lawyer at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP for a free case evaluation.
If a manufacturer produces drugs that are found to be defective or dangerous, they can and should be held responsible for the injuries their products cause. The pharmaceutical manufacturers have an obligation to create, produce, and sell safe products, which includes affixing an appropriate label on the drug’s packaging. It is very important to hire a skilled PA drug injury attorney to help you prove that a drug manufacturer was responsible for producing a defective product. Contact Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation.