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Special Settlement Master Appointed To Fosamax Jaw Litigation

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John Feerick, from the Fordham University School of Law has been appointed by Judge Keenan as the Special Settlement Master in a federal multidistrict litigation involving all federally filed lawsuits involving Fosamax related jaw problems.

Feerick will work towards a settlement agreement between the plaintiffs, who allege that Fosamax caused osteonecrosis, (ONJ), or decay of the jaw bone. There are approximately 1,000 federally filed lawsuits against Merck over Fosamax and ONJ, with nearly 200 more filed in state courts across the country. All of the lawsuits claim that Merck failed to adequately warn consumers and physicians about the increased risk osteonecrosis from Fosamax.

Fosamax is an oral bisphosphonate that has been associated with decay of the jaw when taken at high doses or for a long time period. Most lawsuits claim that Fosamax builds up in the body over time which increases the risk of jaw bone deterioration. In some cases, ONJ can result in the bone showing through the skin, and can necessitate the partial or full removal of the bone, leaving the victim with facial deformity.

Merck is facing a multitude of lawsuits over Fosamax and sudden femur fractures. Those cases have been consolidated in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey under US District Judge Garrett E. Brown. disclaimer: This article: Special Settlement Master Appointed To Fosamax Jaw Litigation was posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 8:43 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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