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Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuits Consolidated In New Jersey

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After hearing arguments last week, the U.S. judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the consolidation of all federally filed Fosamax Lawsuits across the nation, to be presided over by Judge Garrett E. Brown in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Nearly 37 lawsuits have been filed in federal court regarding the side effects of Fosamax causing an increased risk of atypical thigh bone fractures. Many of the lawsuits allege that the femur fractures occurred with little or no trauma to the area.

The lawsuits claim that Merck failed to warn consumers about the increased risk of femur fracture while taking Fosamax, and that Merck did not explain that users who feel groin pain while on Fosamax should seek immediate medical attention, as groin pain may be felt up to several weeks before the femur fractures.

Merck is also facing hundreds of lawsuits regarding Fosamax and rare jaw side effects called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) where portions of the jaw die or decay.

In 2010 the FDA issued new warnings about Fosamax and other bisphosphonates drugs that are used to make bones stronger regarding the increased risk of femur fracture side effects. The warning also stated that the agency does not the length of time the drugs can be taken before the risk of side effects increases, nor do they understand the link between femur fracture and Fosamax.

The deputy director of the FDA’s Office of New Drugs, Sandra Kweder said, “The FDA is continuing to evaluate data about the safety and effectiveness of bisphosphonates when used long-term for osteoporosis treatment… In the interim, it’s important for patients and health care professionals to have all the safety information available when determining the best course of treatment for osteoporosis.” disclaimer: This article: Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuits Consolidated In New Jersey was posted on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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