Bisphosphonates is a class of drugs that are intended to help strengthen bones and includes drugs such as Boniva, Zomets, Aredia, Actonel, Fosamax and more. However, recent studies have begun to show that the drugs may actually increase the likelihood of bone breakage. Due to these studies and the fact that manufacturers of these drugs have taken far too long to update their side effects and symptoms information, lawsuits against the makers of Bisphosphonates have become very common. If you're one of the many who have suffered or know someone who has suffered injury as a result of using these drugs, you may need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to find out more about your rights.
While the use of bisphosphonates does indeed help to strengthen bone density in many patients, there is also a large amount of evidence that suggests serious side effects could exist, including an increase in bone fractures. Symptoms and side effects of Bisphosphonates that are extremely serious include:
It's obvious that all drugs carry side effects, but in the case of Bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax, these serious side effects have actually been ignored by the manufacturer and in some cases the information related to the risks has been suppressed. In the cases of Fosamax, for example, there was a sixteen month period between the date that the FDA contacted the manufacturer of Fosamax, Merck, about the increased risk of femur fractures and the date that the company actually added it to the list of potential side effects.
Things like this are the reason that hundreds of lawsuits have been filed over the past few years concerning Fosamax and other Bisphosphonates. The drugs remain on the market and are prescribed to thousands of patients, but few of them understand the risks associated with the drugs.
One study found that the risk of femur fractures increase dramatically when patients use drugs like Fosamax for an extended period of time. In fact, long time users are 125 times more likely to suffer a long bone fracture. Add in the increased risk of Osteonecrosis of the jaw, sometimes called Dead Jaw Disease, and the increased risk of esophageal cancer, and it becomes clear why so many lawsuits have begun to mount against the makers of these rugs. The costs of medical treatment for these problems can be expensive, and getting restitution is important if you've suffered because of Bisphosphonate usage.
Bisphosphonates are intended to help strengthen bones, particularly in women. They were designed to help fight against the development of osteoporosis and may also be used to help reduce bone fractures in children with brittle bone disease. They're even given to crew members on the International Space Station's long-term missions.
They work by slowing the natural digestion of bone within the body and therefore slow the overall loss of bone density. Several different specific drugs exist within the classification of Bisphosphonates, each of them working in a similar manner. However, there is evidence that bone damage may occur from the use of this drug as well.