Femur Fractures Caused By Fosamax

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Have you suffered a thigh fracture while taking Fosamax or another osteoporosis drug? Medications like Fosamax were recently linked to atypical femur (thigh) fractures, prompting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a warning about this risk in 2010. If you suffered a Fosamax femur fracture, our drug injury lawyers want to hear from you. You may be eligible to file a Fosamax lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries.

Our Fosamax injury lawyers are offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone who suffered a femur fracture while taking Fosamax, or a similar drug including Actonel, Boniva, Atelvia, and Reclast. If you broke your thigh while taking one of these osteoporosis drugs, we urge you to contact our Fosamax femur fracture lawyers today to protect your legal rights.

Bisphosphonates and Atypical Femur Fractures

Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Atelvia, and Reclast all belong to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis are also sold under the names Fosamax plus D and Actonel with Calcium, as well as generic versions.

In October 2010, the FDA warned that bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis had been linked to two rare types of thigh fractures – subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femur fractures. (The warning did not apply to bisphosphonate drugs that only are used to treat Paget’s disease or high blood calcium levels due to cancer.) The FDA said that new information regarding the risk of femur fractures was being added to the “Warnings and Precautions” sections of the labels of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis.

Atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures are fractures in the bone just below the hip joint. Diaphyseal femur fractures occur in the long part of the thigh bone. These fractures are very uncommon and appear to account for less than 1 percent of all hip and femur fractures overall, the agency said. Although it is not clear if bisphosphonates are the cause, these unusual femur fractures have been predominantly reported in patients taking bisphosphonates. According to the FDA, Fosamax femur fractures may be related to long-term term bisphosphonate use.

The FDA announced in January 2010 that it was investigating the link between drugs like Fosomax after two studies suggested bisphosphonates might adversely affect bone quality and increase risk of atypical fractures of the femur when used for four or more years. In announcing that safety review, the FDA said it would be working closely with outside experts, including members of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Subtrochanteric Femoral Fracture Task Force, to gather additional information.

The task force ultimately recommended that the labeling for Fosamax and similar drugs be rewritten to reflect the thigh fracture risk. A study conducted by the group of more than 300 cases of such fractures found that 94 percent of the patients had taken bisphosphonates, and most had been on the drugs for five years or more. The study also found that more than half of the patients studied experienced groin or thigh pain for a period of weeks or months before their fractures.

Legal Help for Victims of Fosamax Femur Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP is one of the preeminent personal injury law firms in the U.S. Parker Waichman LLP is listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys of Parker Waichman LLP are also the authors of “Personal Injury Law for Dummies,” an easy-to-understand guide to all aspects of personal injury law.

If you or a loved one suffered a femur fracture while taking Fosamax or another bisphosphonate for osteoporosis, you may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. For a free legal consultation with one of our Fosamax femur fracture lawyers, please fill out our online form or call 1-800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) today.

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