Actonel Lawsuit | Side Effects : Femur Fractures, Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, and Esophageal Cancer
The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of victims of Actonel side effects. Actonel belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates that are used mainly to treat osteoporosis and other bone-weakening disorders, including Paget’s disease. Actonel and other bisphosphonates have been associated with a number of serious and painful side effects, including:
- Femur Fractures
- Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) aka Dead Jaw Syndrome
- Esophageal Cancer
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the pain and suffering endured by victims of Actonel injuries. If you have suffered a serious Actonel side effect, you deserve compensation from the drug maker responsible. Filing an Actonel 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 lawsuit consultations to Actonel injury victims. To learn more about your legal options, please contact the Actonel side effects lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Actonel Femur Fractures Side Effects
In October 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the makers of Actonel and other bisphosphonates to add information about the risk of atypical femur fractures to the “Warnings and Precautions” section of the their labels. According to the FDA, the types of thigh fractures associated with long-term use of Actonel include:
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.
Actonel Dead Jaw Syndrome
Some patients using Actonel have suffered loss of bone in the jaw, known as Dead Jaw Syndrome or Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ). Symptoms include:
- Pain in the jaw
- Swelling in the gums
- Loose teeth
- Infection of the gums
- Slow healing after injury of or surgery on the gums
In July 2005, the FDA had bisphosphonate labels updated to include a warning regarding ONJ.
In July, 2011, the FDA announced it was reviewing data concerning a potential link between the use of oral bisphosphonates, including Actonel, and the development of esophageal cancer. The agency noted that conflicting results had been seen in two studies of oral bisphosphonates and esophageal cancer, leading the FDA to conduct a review. The review followed a 2009 report in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing 23 reports of bisphosphonate esophageal cancer reported to the FDA by May 2008, and another 21 reports of esophageal tumors among users of bisphosphonates in Europe and Japan.
Learn More About Filing An Actonel Side Effect Lawsuit
If you suffered a femur fracture, Dead Jaw Syndrome or esophageal cancer while being treated with Actonel, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of this drug. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Actonel side effect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 800-403-6191.