Fosamax, manufactured and marketed by Merck, is a brand name for alendronate, a drug designed to increase bone density in patients suffering from or prone to osteoporosis. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995, Fosamax and similar bisphosphonate medications such as Actonel, Bomiva, Zometa, Dodronel, and Aredia have been linked with serious side effects that can cause painful and disabling side effects in patients.

Call (614) 766-2000 if you or someone you love suffered injury after taking Fosamax or similar pharmaceuticals. Columbus attorney Robert Kerpsack has extensive experience with dangerous drug claims, and he will review your case for free.

Side Effects of Fosamax

One of the most common and serious conditions associated with the use of Fosamax is jaw osteonecrosis, sometimes referred to as ‘dead jaw’ or ‘jaw death.’ This condition causes the bone of the jaw to become damaged and deteriorate, leaving patients with severe pain, deformities, and other associated health issues. Despite overwhelming evidence of the connection between these drugs and jaw osteonecrosis, the drug maker continues to market and manufacture the medication, denying or down-playing these dangerous side effects. In fact, when the FDA requested in January 2005 that drug maker update its drug labels to include clearer warnings about the osteonecrosis dangers, the labeling changes were not implemented until the following July.

Symptoms of Osteonecrosis

The symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaw include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Limited range of motion of the jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • Numbness and heaviness
  • Poor healing ability in the gums

Since 2001, Fosamax has been linked to over 2,400 reports of osteonecrosis, including decay and jaw death, as well as over 120 other cases of serious and often debilitating pain associated with use of the drug. The risks may even be far greater than these statistics indicate, as experts estimate that as much as 90% of serious drug side effects go unreported.

Legal Help

If you or someone you love developed osteonecrosis of the jaw or any of the other medical conditions described above while taking Fosamax or other bisphosphonate medications, it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced pharmaceutical attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights. For counsel in Ohio, call (614) 766-2000 or email Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A., to schedule your free personal consultation.