Individuals around the country have experienced unexplained bone problems as a side effect of the osteoporosis drug Bondronat. Studies have shown that bisphosphonate medications like Bondronat may increase the risk of atypical femur fractures and a disfiguring jaw injury known as osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). The lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are now investigating lawsuits nationwide on behalf of those harmed by Bondronat side effects.
Bondronat Update 6/28/12: In a new web guide published by the FDA, the administration lays out new guidance for the use of bisphosphonates, tentatively recommending a three to five year time limit for the drugs, at least until more conclusive data becomes available. The five-year time limit was originally suggested in a September 2011 report issued by the FDA, which concluded that there appears to be no tangible benefit to extending bisphosphonate regimens beyond five years. Click here to learn more.
Bondronat Bone Fracture Update 5/24/12: In a study published this week by the Archives of Internal Medicine, Swiss researchers reached conclusions similar to those reached earlier this month by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – that taking osteoporosis drugs from the bisphosphonate class can increase the risk of atypical bone fractures. Taken cumulatively, the results of the study seem to suggest that the risk of fractures increased over time while the benefits of the drugs decreased. Click here to learn more.
Free Bondronat Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury you believe may have been caused by Bondronat, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Osteoporosis is a chronic debilitating disease that affects approximately 45 million people nationwide, typically affecting post-menopausal women by decreasing the density and strength of bones. If left untreated, osteoporosis can lead to severe fractures of the spine, hip and thigh. As the population of our nation continues to age, so too will the number of people suffering from the effects of osteoporosis continue to increase.
Bondronat (ibandronic acid) is a bisphosphonate osteoporosis medication what works by reducing the turnover of bone in the body. Drugs from the bisphosphonate class are designed to bind tightly to tissue, thereby preventing calcium from being removed and sustaining bone density. The excessive breakdown of bone that occurs in osteoporosis patients can lead to high levels of calcium in the blood, and as Bondronat prevents the calcium from being removed from the bone, it can also be used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood. Unfortunately, studies have shown that bisphosphonates like Bondronat could increase the risk of a number of adverse side effects including atypical femur fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw (aka Dead Jaw).
Side Effects of Bondronat
There are a variety of side effects associated with Bondronat. Our firm is pursing the following types of severe side effects:
- Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (Dead Jaw)
- Atypical femur fractures
- Swelling or infection of the gums
- Loosening of the teeth
- Poor healing of the gums
- Numbness or a feeling of heaviness in the jaw
- Exposed bone
- Hip Fractures
Are you Taking a Bisphosphonate Medication?
In addition to Bondronat, bisphosphonate medications include the following brands:
A recent study of more than 300 atypical femur fractures found that nearly 95% of the patients had taken bisphosphonates such as Bondronat, and that most had been on the medications for an extended period of time of more than five years. The irony of the situation is that women taking Bondronat to make their bones stronger are actually making their bones more brittle, and thus susceptible to fractures and breaks. Most of the injuries related to this problem involve a broken bone with little or no trauma causing the break.
Do I have a Bondronat Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Bondronat lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bone injury cases in all 50 states.