Fosamax, or alendronate sodium, is drug that treats osteoporosis. It is an inhibitor of bone resorption. This is the process of formation and breakdown of bone in the body. Fosamax increases bone density and reduces the risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures in women with osteoporosis.
Fosamax, is supposed to increase bone mass and slow bone loss. However, there are reports that show a link between this drug and bone death of the jaw. Reports also show atypical fractures of the femur. These fractures occur after minimal to no trauma in both legs.
Because the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body, researchers see a connection. It has been found that 94% of patients with atypical fractures of the femur took Fosamax® and similar drugs. Additionally, most of these patients took Fosamax for more than 5 years.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that patients using Fosamax are at more risk of fractures than control groups.
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If you have taken Fosamax, or a similar drug, for a long period of time and suffered a fractured femur without trauma, you should consider filing a lawsuit for compensation for the pain, suffering and expense of your injury. We have experience dealing with class action lawsuits.