Recently, Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs like Actenol and Boniva, have come under fire as being unsafe. There have been hundreds of reports and Fosamax lawsuits that link the drug, which is a type of bisphosphonate, to serious side effects like osteonecrosis, cancer, and heart problems, yet Fosamax maker Merck continues to defend and manufacture the drug. Nearly two billion patients have taken or are currently taking bisphosphonate drugs to deal with bone disease, and for some, the Fosamax risks are beginning to outweigh the benefits. Without a doubt, recent claims against the drug are scaring patients, and rightfully so.
The public opinion of osteoporosis drugs has always wavered, mainly due to lack of knowledge about the disease and the medications used to treat it. Osteoporosis is found mainly in elderly women, though men and younger women can develop the disease as well. Fosamax works by killing osteoclast cells, which are cells in the body that break down bones, making them brittle. The problem comes from the drug's half-life, which is the amount of time it stays in the body. Fosamax has a very long half-life, so the drugs remain in your system for years. As a result, it could also cause the break down of good bone marrow cells as the bone becomes too dense, leading to osteonecrosis, especially in the jaw.
Unfortunately, most people don't know how this works, and some don't even understand how to administer the drug, which is what leads to even bigger problems, like cancer. In other words, much of the public opinion surrounding Fosamax is based only on lack of knowledge. If you're currently using Fosamax, it is important to talk to your doctor right away so that you have a more well-rounded understanding of the drug.
Public opinion in the last few months has been especially shaky, as new studies have been released that condemn the medication. It has been long-known that the drug and other bisphosphonate drugs could lead to osteonecrosis of the jaw (dead jaw). However, new studies have brought to light other risks regarding the drug. Merck has been mum on these risks, which has accounted for the public outcry against the company. And that's what people are most worried about, at the core. It isn't the fact that a small number of patients have developed complications from using Fosamax; it is the fact that they feel Merck has hidden the facts or lied to them.
There are currently over 650 cases in litigation right now due to the problems surrounding Fosamax. More and more patients are coming forward every day, with the support of their doctors. Merck has made statements defending their products, and ultimately, a judge will determine if they are right in this matter. Regardless, if you're taking Fosamax and have developed bone or throat complications, you should talk to your doctor right away and then learn about your legal rights by calling a Fosamax lawyer. Fosamax lawsuits are multiplying every day, and you should also file your claim if you've been hurt due to this drug.