Fosamax Femur Fractures
Fosamax is a type of bisphosphonate that is prescribed to osteoporosis patients in order to strengthen brittle bones. Fosamax, one of the most popular bisphosphonates on the market, has been linked to an increased risk of femur fracture injuries. If you or a loved one has taken Fosamax and has suffered a femur fracture, you may have cause to pursue legal recourse. For more information on Fosamax femur fractures or to see if you qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit, fill out our contact form for immediate assistance.
Causes of Fosamax Femur Fractures
Fosamax and other bisphosphonates work by interfering with the bone remodeling process. Fosamax hardens the outer layer of bone cells in patients with osteoporosis, preventing those cells from being replaced through normal bone remodeling. Small fractures in the femur bone accumulate until the entire femur bone eventually becomes fractured.
Fosamax Femur Injuries
In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public that the consumption of bisphosphonates can cause atypical femur fractures. The FDA now requires that all drug manufacturers include the possible link between bisphosphonate-use and thigh bone fractures in the warning section on the drug labels.
According to a study conducted by the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, out of 310 osteoporosis patients who suffered a rare femur fracture, 94 percent were taking a bisphosphonate.
A 2011 article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that women who are treated with bisphosphonates for 5 years or longer were at an increased risk for thigh bone fractures. Doctors are finding that patients who take bisphosphonates for a long period of time are sustaining femur fractures from doing common activities like walking down the stairs or low-energy exercise. This was a particularly shocking discovery for doctors since the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body.
Connecticut Fosamax Lawsuit
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that the manufacturers of dangerous drugs, like Fosamax, should be liable for injures caused by the use of their products. If you or a loved one used Fosamax and suffered a femur fracture from a low-energy exercise or without a serious trauma accident, you may be eligible to file a Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit. For more information on Connecticut Fosamax lawsuits or to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our dangerous drug attorneys, please fill out our online contact form today.