Bisphosphonates—Actonel, Fosamax, Boniva—are drugs that help prevent or slow down osteoporosis, a disease where the bones weaken.
Weakened bones increase the risk of a fracture; however, the very drugs that are supposed to help prevent fractures have been shown to cause a rare type of fracture in the femur (thigh bone). According to researchers, 1 out of 1,000 patients taking these drugs will experience this.
A new study finds that when it does happen, the risk of suffering a second fracture in the opposite thigh can be significantly reduced if the drugs are stopped. In fact, of the patients involved in the study, they found that 41.2 percent of those who continued to take the drugs after a fracture, 3 years or later, ended up having another broken femur bone.
The longer a patient stays on the drug, the greater the risk increases of a second thigh fracture. Therefore, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons strongly suggests these drugs not be taken any longer.
When you have suffered severe injuries from using a dangerous medication, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn what your rights are and if you have a valid claim worth pursuing, speak to a Louisville medication mistake attorney right away.
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