Fosamax Bone Fracture Problems

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted February 21, 2011


Reports of Fosamax thigh bone fractures are continuing to increase, and now outnumber reports being submitted to the FDA about osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) from Fosamax. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals who have experienced Fosamax bone fracture problems, which typically happen with no trauma from minor falls of standing height or less.


According to a report by the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) [PDF], during the second quarter of 2010 there were at least 126 reports submitted to the FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting system involving low-trauma or no-trauma bone fractures with Fosamax. That compares to only 53 reports that linked the osteoporosis drug to incidents of jaw bone decay during the same period.

While most of the attention in recent years surrounding Fosamax side effects have focused on decay of the jawbone, more and more people are becoming aware that an atypical bone fracture may be from Fosamax.

Although Merck continues to deny that there is a connection between Fosamax and bone fractures, according to the ISMP report:

In our [Fosamax] alendronate data, a lower limb fracture was 50 times more likely to be reported than would be expected for the drug given the total number of reports for all types of possible injury.

The FDA announced in October 2010 that it was requiring new label warnings on about the risk of Fosamax femur fracture side effect. However, as of last month, those new warnings have not been implemented.


The Fosamax lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free claim evaluations to help individuals determine whether they may be entitled to compensation as a result of Merck’s failure to warn about the risk of Fosamax side effects. If you, a friend or family member have experienced a bone fracture on Fosamax or developed jaw problems, request a free consultation.

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