Fosamax lawsuits filed by victims of dangerous side effects from the drug have been quite common on the U.S. mainland but the first reported case of a suit being filed in Hawaii is now on record with a 62-year-old retired schoolteacher suing the drug’s manufacturer over a broken thigh bone that she suffered.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the woman filed the suit against drug maker Merck & Co., “claiming the thigh bone fracture was a result of taking the prescription drug Fosamax for eight years.”
The woman broke her bone when she took a slight step backward while talking with friends at a gym in 2009, according to the newspaper. “I took one step backward and felt excruciating pain,” she was quoted as saying of the break. “It’s a devastating breakage because it doesn’t heal. I have discomfort, can’t walk without a cane, so it’s very limiting.”
Fosamax is one of a class of drugs called bisphosphonates that are primarily prescribed to postmenopausal women and older men to treat osteoporosis. However, there is a growing concern among consumer advocates and medical researchers about a link between these drugs and spontaneous fractures and a life-threatening jaw condition.
Merck, in an announcement, stood fast in defending the safety of the drug but the Hawaiian woman’s lawyer was quoted in the news article as saying “It turns out that this pharmaceutical that is, supposedly, to protect women from osteoporosis, actually, after long-term use, makes bones more brittle.” Many others have had a Fosamax femur fracture
Similar allegations have been made in the other Fosamax lawsuits, which claim that Merck is liable for damages for putting an unsafe drug on the marketplace and not warning doctors and patients about dangerous side effects.