Rottenstein Law Group Concerned About ABC News Report Claiming Fosamax Femur Fractures are Comparable to Those Suffered in Car Accidents
(New York, NY, May 23, 2011) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the severe side effects of the drug Fosamax, is concerned about a recent report featured on ABC News featuring remarks from a well known orthopaedic surgeon comparing femur injuries suffered by individuals taking Fosamax to those suffered by individuals who have been in car accidents.
Dr. Kenneth Egol, professor of orthopedic surgery at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, said, “We are seeing people just walking, walking down the steps, patients who are doing low-energy exercise [suffering femur fractures after taking Fosamax or other bisphosphonate drugs].” Egol said X-rays of some of his patients show injuries similar to those that might have occurred in a car accident, rather than a minimal fall or other low-impact activity, according to ABC News. Egol said, “Over the last 18 months, we are seeing this more frequently.”
The ABC report further states that this is not the first time doctors have reported this unfortunate side effect on patients who have been taking Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs, meant to help strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates have also been linked to severe musculoskeletal pain, and the serious bone-related jaw disease, osteonecrosis. The medical community is split in their opinions about the drugs, believing that patients should still use them to prevent more common fractures, but many physicians are recommending to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to revise the drug labels to include a warning about possible femur fractures. Additionally, some doctors are recommending that patients take a break from the drugs after as few as five years or as many as ten years of treatment. While the entire medical community is not convinced of the link between bisphosphonates and femur fractures, many favour the creation of an international registry to track the occurrence of bisphosphonate-related injuries.
The Rottenstein Law Group advises anyone with a friend or family member who has been prescribed Fosamax or another osteoporosis drug to recommend to that person that he or she consult a physician immediately, then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer. The Rottenstein Law Group lawyers have a total of more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence of powerful corporations. Affected individuals are advised to keep apprised of the latest news concerning the Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits by checking the Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit Information Center for updated information. The site is equipped with easy-to-use social media features which will enable users to spread the word about the dangers of Fosamax.
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