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Fosamax is a bisphosphonate drug sold by the pharmaceutical company Merck, primarily intended to treat or reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Widely prescribed to women with family histories of osteoporosis, the drug is understood to increase bone mass and is used prophylactically against various bone diseases, primarily female osteoporosis. To that end, the drug sometimes includes vitamin D and is marketed as Fosamax+D. Although Fosamax is regularly prescribed to a relatively large segment of the population, it can also have deleterious side effects. In some cases, in patients with particular pre-existing deficiencies or diseases, taking Fosamax can increase the risk of disease. In some highly specific cases, it may even increase the risk of osteonecrosis, or bone loss.

The generic name for the active ingredient in Fosamax is alendronic acid (INN) or alendronate sodium (USAN). Since 2008, Merck has not held a patent on the drug and, therefore, it is available in a generic brand form, as well as under the name Fosamax. The bioavailability of the alendronic acid is fairly low, meaning that only about .65 percent of the substance actually becomes available to the body after taking a dose orally. The effectiveness is even lower when the drug is taken together with food.

The studies that lead to Fosamax’s development focused on the influence of Fosamax on treating post-menopausal women. Those who regularly took the drug developed increased BMD (bone mineral density) and a decreased risk of fractures. In a trial focused on risk of fracture, the test subjects who took Fosamax had about 50 percent less risk of fracture than those in the control group, who took placebos with calcium and vitamin D.

If you or one of your loved ones has been negatively affected by Fosamax, it’s worth learning about your rights and, if necessary, enlisting legal counsel. Call 855-SUE-DRUG today to learn about your Fosamax Lawsuit. There are no fees unless we win and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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