Fosamax (generic: alendronate sodium) is a popular osteoporosis medication that has found its way into the homes of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, it has recently been linked to serious adverse health effects. Those who take Fosamax may develop osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), musculoskeletal pain, or suffer from an increased risk in femur fractures.

UPDATE: Merck Wins “Bellwether” Trial for Fosamax Femur Fracture

June 18, 2014 — Merck & Co. has won another “bellwether” trial alleging that Fosamax, a popular osteoporosis drug, causes atypical femur fractures, according to Law360. Merck is facing about 3,300 lawsuits involving femur fractures and another 1,200 lawsuits involving osteonecrosis of the jaw. Click here to read more.

Fosamax Overview

Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Fosamax, developed the bisphosphonate in 1995 as a medication to help in the treatment of bone loss in osteoporosis. Unfortunately, Fosamax has been linked to a serious bone disease that we know as osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). ONJ is characterized by the inability of bone tissue in the jaw to heal correctly. In fact, hundreds of Fosamax lawsuits have been filed that claim the medication may be responsible for the deterioration of bone.

In October 2010, The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) demanded Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Fosamax, to change the labeling on the osteoporosis drug to include a warning citing the increased risk of Fosamax femur fractures among patients.

Side Effects of Fosamax

The following side effects have been linked to Fosamax:

  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ)
  • Increased risk of femur fractures

Fosamax Class Action Lawsuit

If you were injured by Fosamax, you are not alone — Merck & Co. is facing hundreds of lawsuits from people who were injured. These lawsuits are not centralized in a class action lawsuit — instead, they are individual claims that have been transferred to a federal court. Over 900 lawsuits have been transferred to a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 1789) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.