As a Fosamax injury law firm, we are watching a New York jury trial against Merck, the drug’s manufacturer very closely. Fosamax is a drug taken by millions of American women who suffer from osteoporosis and was approved by the FDA in 1990.
On October 12, 2010, the FDA issued a safety update for Fosamax, Fosamax Plus D, Actonel, Acontel with Calcium, Voniva, Ateliva and Reclast, finding patients who takethe drugs have an increased risk of developing broken legs and other bones
In the New York case, Merck is utilizing the classic finger-pointing defense by blaming the steroid and arthritis drugs that the claimant took. So far the score is 1-1: Merck landed a defense verdict against a claimant but lost to a plaintiff who was awarded $8 million by a jury. The judge later reduced that plaintiff’s verdict to $1.5 million.
As a Fosamax claims lawyer, I recommend people taking Fosamax, or any other drug containing bisphosphonate, to immediately see their doctors, especially if they are feeling any pain or discomfort in their hip or thigh. They should also report any side effects to the FDA’s Medwatch program or call 1-888-463-6332. If you have taken Fosamax, or the other named medications, you should also consult with an experience drug injury lawyer regarding your legal rights.