Fosamax and Femur Fractures Risk Found in Study

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted May 6, 2011


The Fosamax fracture lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have been reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals who have experienced atypical femur fractures on Fosamax since 2008. A study published this week provides further evidence in support of these claims linking an increased risk of low-impact fractured femurs to Fosamax and other bisphosphonate medications.

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According to a study published on May 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine, women were found to be face a 47.3% relative risk of suffering an atypical fracture of the femur with use of Fosamax or other bisphosphonate medications. Although the overall risk remains low, this does provide further support for our clients who are pursuing a Fosamax fractured femur lawsuit.

We first wrote about the potential link between Fosamax and femur fractures in June 2008, after a small study was published that identified a fracture pattern that was 98% specific to users of Fosamax. These atypical thigh bone breaks can occur with little or no trauma at all, typically while taking a step or falling from standing height or less.

Although information has been available for some time about the risk of fractured femurs from Fosamax side effects, Merck failed to properly warn consumers or the medical community. Last year, in October 2010, the FDA required new warnings about the potential risk of bisphosphonate femur fractures, but indicated at that time that no causal link between femur fractures and Fosamax or other bisphophonate medications had been identified.

If better warnings and information had been provided earlier, thousand of women may have avoided a Fosamax fractured femur if they had known to seek immediate medical attention if they experienced sudden groin or thigh pain, which may occur before a complete break occurs.


Potential Fosamax lawsuits over femur fractures are being reviewed for women throughout the United States. All cases are being pursued under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no fees unless a recovery is obtained and there is no obligation to pursue a claim after contacting one of our lawyers for a free consultation.

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member who suffered a femur fracture on Fosamax, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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