Bisphosphonate Lawsuit | Side Effects : Femur Fractures, Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, and Esophageal Cancer | Lawsuits, Lawyer, Attorney Bisphosphonates : Actonel, Aredia, Bonefos, Boniva, Fosamax, Didronel, Reclast, Skelid or Zometa.
The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of people injured by bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used to treat osteoporosis and other bone weakening diseases. Bisphosphonates have been associated with a number of serious side effects, including Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ or “Dead Jaw Syndrome”); femur (thigh) fractures; and esophageal disorders, including esophageal cancer. Bisphosphonates currently being investigated by our defective drug lawyers include:
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the pain and trauma endured by victims of bisphosphonate side effects. If your suffering was caused by one of these medications, you deserve compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a bisphosphonate lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your current and future medical needs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free, no obligation lawsuit consultations to victims of bisphosphonate side effects. To learn more about your legal rights, please contact the bisphosphonate side effects lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Bisphosphonate Side Effects
Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs designed to strengthen bones. They are prescribed to post-menopausal women with osteoporosis, and to people with bone cancer and other bone-weakening diseases. Some, like Fosamax, come in pill form. Other bisphosphonates, such as Reclast, are administered intravenously. Many experts believe that bisphosphonates are overprescribed and that their long-term effects are still unknown.
A growing body of evidence has linked the use of bisphosphonates to subtrochanteric (just below the hip join) and diaphyseal (the long bone of the thigh) femur fractures, especially in women who have taken the drugs for many years. These fractures are extremely rare, accounting for less than 1% of all hip and femur fractures overall. In October 2010, the FDA was concerned enough about this potential bisphosphonate side effect that it asked makers of the medications to add information about this risk to the “Warnings and Precautions” section of bisphosphonate labels. The FDA ordered the label change after a study involving over 300 women who sustained such fractures found that 94 percent had taken a bisphosphonate. Most had been on the drugs for five years or more.
ONJ or Dead Jaw Syndrome
Dead Jaw Syndrome occurs when bone fails following tooth extraction or other minor trauma. This causes the bone to be exposed, leading to infections and fracture. Victims of ONJ may require long-term antibiotic therapy or surgery to remove the dying bone. ONJ was first linked to bisphosphonate use in 2004, after an FDA review uncovered 139 bisphosphonate-related ONJ cases. By October 28, 2005, 1,600 cases of bisphosphonate-related ONJ had been reported to the FDA. In July 2005, the FDA had bisphosphonate labels updated to include a warning regarding ONJ.
The FDA is conducting an ongoing safety review of oral bisphosphonates (Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Didronel and Skelid) and esophageal cancer. The agency has received numerous reports of esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus that is a risk factor for cancer) and esophageal events occurring among people using bisphosphonates, particularly in people who do not follow specific directions when using the drugs. In a Drug Safety Communication issued in July 2011, the FDA acknowledged a potential link between oral bisphosphonate drugs and an increased risk of esophageal cancer.
Learn More About Filing A Bisphosphonate Side Effect Lawsuit
If you suffered a femur fracture, Dead Jaw Syndrome, or esophageal cancer while being treated with a bisphosphonate, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the bisphosphonate side effect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 800-403-6191.