Learn about compensation, settlements and hiring an Fosamax lawyer
A number of Fosamax lawsuits seeking financial compensation have already been filed against Merck & Co. for injuries caused as a result of serious Fosamax side effects. The Fosamax side effect that has been singled out for legal action is the development of a serious bone condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), or "dead jaw."
One of the first Fosamax lawsuits to be filed against Merck & Co. stems from a 60-year-old woman from Florida who was using the bisphosphonate drug to treat her osteoporosis. The lawsuit states that six-plus years of Fosamax treatments caused the woman to develop a severe case of ONJ, rotting her mouth and exposing bone in her jaw. Merck has been accused of withholding information regarding the serious nature of certain Fosamax side effects, notably the drug's propensity towards causing the development of osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Thus far, an estimated 15 Fosamax lawsuits have been filed against Merck & Co. Although this may seem like a negligible number of personal injury lawsuits for a company as large as Merck & Co., experts believe that it is only the beginning and expect the filing of hundreds, if not thousands more claims as more cases of osteonecrosis come to light.
Filing a Fosamax Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has developed a case of ONJ or some other serious side effects of Fosamax as a result of using Merck's bisphosphonate drug, you may be able to reach a settlement or receive compensation in the form of a court award. It is the responsibility of all drug manufacturers to ensure the safety of their products prior to marketing them to consumers. Failure to adequately warn consumers about the risks associated with use of their drugs is viewed to be negligent and grounds for legal action. Contact a personal injury lawyer to get additional information about settlements, compensation and your rights as a Fosamax victim.
Merck & Co. Legal Woes
The filing of Fosamax lawsuits is but the latest legal blow to strike the second largest drug manufacturer in the United States. The pharmaceutical giant already faces significant legal woes in relation to another one of its drugs: Vioxx. An estimated 11,500 Vioxx lawsuits blamed the use of Merck's arthritis drug for heart attacks. The settlement covering most of these lawsuits cost Merck an astounding $4.85 billion.
Vioxx and Fosamax are two of Merck's best selling drugs. In 2005, Fosamax sales totaled more than $3 billion. In 2003, the last full year that Vioxx was marketed, it generated more than $2.5 billion. Many believe that the Vioxx controversy could potentially trigger the downfall of one of the world's largest and most successful drug manufacturers. The onset of Fosamax litigation could leave Merck & Co. mired in an inescapable legal minefield that may culminate with the company filing for bankruptcy protection.
A Word about Fosamax
Fosamax is the brand name for alendronate, a type of bisphosphonate drug that is manufactured by Merck & Co. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995, Fosamax is designed for the treatment of a number of bone diseases, notably osteoporosis and osteitis deformans (Paget's disease).
Fosamax functions by helping to reverse a reduction in bone density levels. The bisphosphonate drug targets the activity of certain cells that have been found to be responsible for causing bone loss, while simultaneously helping to increase patients' overall bone mass.
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