Despite the popularity of bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax in treating osteoporosis and other bone diseases, these drugs have been linked to the occurrence of adverse side effects, including severe and sometimes incapacitating musculoskeletal pain. Fosamax was originally approved by the FDA in 1995. In 2008, the FDA released a warning to patients and health professionals regarding the existence of serious bone, joint and muscle pain in individuals who have taken Fosamax. This warning is especially important because, according to the FDA, the connection between Fosamax and musculoskeletal pain may be overlooked by healthcare professionals, delaying diagnosis, prolonging pain and resulting in the need for pain medication. The FDA first reported the possibility of a connection between bisphosphonate medications and musculoskeletal pain in 2005 after reviewing findings from a post-marketing case review of serious bone, joint and muscle pain associated with Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs.
Musculoskeletal pain is characterized by pain affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. The pain can be acute (rapid onset with severe symptoms) or chronic (long-lasting). Sometimes the pain may be localized, but most victims of musculoskeletal pain suffer from a general feeling of pain that affects their entire body. In some cases, the muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled, resulting in a twitching or burning sensation. The most common symptoms of this condition are pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances. Treatment of musculoskeletal pain can be difficult due to the undefined nature and location of the pain. Some individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain may benefit from physical or occupational therapy, muscle strengthening exercises, stretching, acupuncture, chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, and injections with anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medications.
Although the significant side effects associated with Fosamax have been the subject of research for several years, the drug remains on the market today. In its 2008 health alert, the FDA indicated that musculoskeletal pain may present itself within days, months or years after beginning Fosamax treatment. This means that even individuals who have stopped taking Fosamax years ago may still be at risk for developing severe musculoskeletal pain in the future. It is the responsibility of drug manufacturing companies to make the public aware of any adverse side effects linked to their medications. Unfortunately, many pharmaceutical companies conceal the more serious side effects of their drugs in order for them to be approved by the FDA. This deceptive practice leaves countless innocent consumers at risk for serious and sometimes debilitating injuries.
Fosmax’s manufacturing company, Merck & Co., has been accused of intentionally failing to alert the public of the harmful side effects associated with Fosamax even though the company was aware of the drug’s dangerous nature. It is estimated that ten million people have taken or are currently taking Fosamax, many of which have already experienced extreme musculoskeletal pain as a result of the drug. Pharmaceutical companies like Merck & Co. are responsible for the safety of their drugs and should be held accountable for the injuries sustained by consumers who take their medications.
Victims of musculoskeletal pain resulting from the use of Fosamax should consider how a lawsuit can benefit them. A number of personal injury lawsuits have already been filed against Merck, some of which have awarded the victim millions of dollars in damages. If you or a loved one has suffered from musculoskeletal pain due to the use of Fosamax, contact a Fosamax attorney immediately. Qualified Fosamax lawyers are experienced in defective drug litigation and have the knowledge and tools necessary to develop a successful defective drug lawsuit. Fosamax lawsuits not only protect your rights as a defective drug victim, but also bring attention to the need for safer drugs and more stringent restrictions by the FDA on drugs that have already been deemed dangerous. If you have been injured by the drug Fosamax, contact a Fosamax attorney to begin developing your case.