For low-risk patients with modest bone loss, or osteopenia, bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Boniva may do more harm than good.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 29, 2012
Fosamax femur fractures and other side effects associated with bisphosphonates continue to raise questions in the medical community, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.* On August 27, 2012, the New York Times tackled the issue of testing and treating women for bone loss. According to the Times, the “consensus among physician groups is that healthy women who are not at any particular risk for osteoporosis should not even be tested until they turn 65.” The Times reported that earlier this year, the American Academy of Family Physicians cited bone density scans as one of five tests that are often performed unnecessarily and may lead to overtreatment of patients. Dr. Glen Stream, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, stated “If you do testing earlier on and you identify osteopenia or osteoporosis, then you’re compelled to want to treat these folks.” He noted that, “For low-risk patients with modest bone loss, or osteopenia, bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Boniva may do more harm than good.” In May 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) warned that while these drugs can reduce the risk of fracture during the first few years of use, they not only have little benefit after three to five years, but also put users at risk for serious side effects such as femur fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw.
The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who allege that Fosamax caused them to sustain femur fractures in the mass tort action, In re: Fosamax Litigation (No. 282 N.J. Super Ct.), which is currently underway in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County. The consolidated action is pending before the Honorable Carol E. Higbee.
Excessive Bone Density Testing Leads To Overprescribing Fosamax
A wave of recent studies on bisphosphonates and bone density testing has led many medical experts to reconsider treatment options, such as Fosamax. Given that Fosamax side effects are so severe, medical professionals are reevaluating when to test patients and how to make sure treatments are done only when necessary. Moreover, if a patient does, in fact, have osteoporosis, doctors are limiting the time frame that patients can take the drug. Lastly, there seems to be a shift away from using bone density measurements as a defining factor in deciding whether a woman should be treated for the disease.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently representing clients and actively filing cases on behalf of individuals who were allegedly injured as a result of taking Fosamax. Those who took Fosamax and sustained a femur fracture may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more by watching this Fosamax femur fracture video, which details the events leading up to the Fosamax lawsuits against Merck, or by visiting our website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/fosamax/Fosamax-Lawsuit.html. For more information, contact a Fosamax lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.
*Rabin, Roni Caryn. "Many Bone Tests for Some, and Too Few for Others." New York Times 27 August 2012. The Consumer.
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