News By Tag
News By Place
Follow on Google News
Second Fosamax Femur Trial Begins In New Jersey
Ennis & Ennis, P.A. reports that the second trial alleging that osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused a femur fracture began this week before U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano in Trenton, New Jersey.
Plaintiff, Bernadette Glynn claims Fosamax weakened her femur, causing her leg to break when she fell down in her driveway. Her complaint stated that she felt a “pinch” in her right leg as she bent over to pick something up. “She then attempted to take a step, but fell and sustained a fracture on her right femur, requiring repair with a rod and screws.” As the first case ended without resolution, this case could be a bellwether trial, indicating trial strategies of the parties and potential damage awards.
According to a September 2010 report in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, as many as 94 percent of 310 patients who had an uncommon type of thigh- bone fracture were taking a bisphosphonate-
According to the plaintiffs, Merck was aware that Fosamax might cause brittle bones and increase fracture risks years before the drug was marketed to the public. Plaintiff contends that as early as 1990, five years before FDA approval, consultants warned Merck that Fosamax could lead to spontaneous fracture by preventing bones’ natural daily repair of so-called micro-fractures and Merck should have warned of such dangers. Plaintiff’s counsel noted that the femur is the strongest bone in the body and usually breaks in high impact accidents such as car accidents and not merely from a fall. Since Fosamax is designed to repair daily bone damage by stopping the natural clearing of old bone, the process results in micro-fractures building up instead of being naturally replaced and that such information was known to Merck.
The case is Glynn v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., 3:11-cv-05304, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
If you or a loved one has been injured by Fosamax, contact the attorneys at Ennis & Ennis, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. Call toll free at 1-800-856-6405 or visit us on the web at www.ennislaw.com and fill out an online case evaluation form.