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Jaw death, jaw decay, jaw necrosis, jaw bone loss, and dead jaw are all the same heinous side effect and the biggest problem resulting from taking Fosamax and osteoporosis related medications.
Jaw death or the medical term, osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), has generated a law suit against the manufacturers of Fosamax because the victim alleges that Merck & Co., failed to alert doctors and patients of Fosamax's potentially dangerous side effects for dead jaw.
Merck is already facing lawsuits over its pain reliever Vioxx.
According to a lawsuit filed April 2006, Fosamax is defective because it can cause osteonecrosis of the jaw or death of the jaw bone. The lawsuit seeks class action status.
In a statement, Merck said that 17,000 patients participated in the clinical trials and there were no reports of dead jaw. However, Merck revealed there have been reports of patients taking Fosamax who developed jaw death but that doesn't necessarily mean Fosamax caused it.
The lawsuit further alleges that in August 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Merck to add a warning to Fosamax's label and that Merck has yet to comply with the request.
Merck counters that it received a request from the FDA to update the label with information about the condition in January 2005. Merck says that by July 2005, the requested information regarding the jaw death problem was on the label. But the victim who filed the lawsuit said the information in the label isn't as adequate a warning as it should be.
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