Fosamax: FDA Wants Doctors to Periodically Reevaluate Patients’ Continued Use of Bisphosphonates

May 31, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Once again, the US Food and Drug Administration is expressing concerns about the possible serious side effects caused by women taking bisphosphonates—especially after more than three to five years. Charlotte, North Carolina Fosamax lawyer Michael A. DeMayo is familiar with the risks involved with these bone building drugs and he understands the need to hold Merck and Co. and other bisphosphonate makers liable.

In a recent FDA report, which can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine, the federal agency talked about its review of data involving women who had using taking Fosamax, Reclast, Actonel, Boniva, Skelid, Didronel, and other bisphosphonates for six to ten years. In the wake of its examination, the agency reached the same finding as the one it arrived at last year, which is that many women don’t seem to get that many (if any) benefits from taking bone strengthening drugs after five years. The study’s authors are even saying that some patients, including those that are at low risk of fractures and generally younger, should stop taking these meds beyond this period of time. Rather, it is the women with very low bone density that would likely benefit from extended bisphosphonate use.

In the Carolinas, Charlotte dangerous drug lawyer DeMayo and his law firm can work with you to find out whether the serious side effects that you are experiencing are because you took Fosamax or another bisphosphonate. Fosamax, in particular, has been named in numerous products liability lawsuits by women plaintiffs. The drug has been linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw, atrial fibrillation, thighbone fractures, severe musculoskeletal pain, and esophageal cancer.

Bisphosphonates are generally used by women who are in post-menopause to treat osteoporosis. Granted, while many drugs out there have been known to cause serious risks, for any bone strengthening medication to do just the opposite and perhaps increase the risk of cancer and other potentially life-threatening illnesses is unacceptable. North Carolina personal injury attorney DeMayo is here to help his clients explore their legal options regarding filing a Fosamax lawsuit.

As the victim of a dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party or parties. The phrase “dangerous drug” can be used to describe any medication that causes serious side effects—especially ones that you weren’t warned about or appear to be causing too many people to develop similar health complications. However, even if you haven’t heard of anyone having your severe symptoms, and you think it might be related to taking a medication, you should not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo today. NC products liability lawyer DeMayo and his legal team have spent two decades helping victims and their families.

Filing a North Carolina Fosamax lawsuit may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical costs, mental pain, physical pain and suffering, permanent disability, future medical expenses, lost wages, medication expenses, and rehabilitation. If a loved one passes away as a result of a dangerous drug, you may be entitled to NC wrongful death benefits.

Charlotte, NC Fosamax lawyer DeMayo is experienced in going after large pharmaceutical companies and other manufacturers on his clients’ behalf. Mr. DeMayo knows that they and their loved ones are likely going through a difficult time right now, and he and his team are known for their compassion, experience, and ability to recover against negligent parties.

North Carolina products liability lawyer DeMayo and his law firm would like to offer you a free case evaluation.

New cautions about long-term use of bone drugs, New York Times, May 9, 2012

The New England Journal of Medicine

FDA Still Cautions About Bone Drugs, ABC, May 10, 2012



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