In 2005, the pharmaceutical company Merck added a significant warning to its popular osteoporosis drug Fosamax. Specifically, the drug manufacturer responded to an FDA recommendation and added a warning about the risk of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) from Fosamax. The warning came too late for many Fosamax users, and currently there are more than 5,000 lawsuits related to Fosamax side effects pending in courts around the country.
Important Fosamax Litigation Update From August 2013
In August, a federal judge who was overseeing consolidated litigation related to Fosamax jaw injuries made an important decision. The judge’s order requires that 200 cases a month be sent back to the courts in which they were originally filed. Approximately one-fifth of the more than 5,000 Fosamax related cases will be affected by this order.
The order to send to the cases back to individual courts may make things more difficult and costly for Merck, because the discovery and financial benefits of consolidated cases may no longer be applicable. However, it is hoped that settlement talks between plaintiffs’ attorneys and Merck will continue and that fair and equitable resolutions to these outstanding cases will be made quickly.
Hurt by Fosamax? Call an Experienced Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Next Steps
If you have suffered osteonecrosis of the jaw or another serious side effect from Fosamax, then it is important to find out more about your legal rights and possible financial recovery. An experienced Iowa Fosamax attorney can help you figure out how best to protect yourself and plan for your future.
For more information, please contact an experienced Iowa based class action lawyer today via this website or by calling us directly at 563-275-6892 or 888-807-2752. Together, we will work hard to get you the recovery that you deserve if you’ve been hurt by Fosamax.