Osteonecrosis (pronounced OSS-tee-oh-ne-KRO-sis) of the jaw is an uncommon condition that involves the loss, or breakdown, of the jaw bone. It can be a serious condition. Symptoms include, but are not limited to Pain, swelling, or infection of the gums, Loosening of teeth, Poor healing of the gums and Numbness or the feeling of heaviness in the jaw.
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw has been linked to the popular Osteoporosis drugs Actonel, Fosamax, Boniva, Zometa, and Aredia.
Fosamax Lawsuit Update 9/24/12: After three years, two jury trials and a mountain of red tape, pharmaceutical giant Merck has reportedly agreed to a damage award in a landmark Fosamax osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) bellwether trial. Click here to learn more.
Diagnosing Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)
To diagnose Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, doctors may use X rays or tests for infection (microbial cultures).
Treatments for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw may include antibiotics, oral rinses, and removable mouth appliances. Minor dental work may be necessary to remove injured tissue and reduce sharp edges of the bone. Surgery is typically avoided because it may make the condition worse.
There have been over 2,400 Fosamax (same class of drugs as Actonel, Boniva, Zometa, and Aredia.) patients since 2001 that have reported bone death and jaw bone decay or Osteonecrosis of the Jaw.
In addition, more than 120 patients have suffered from such severe pain and debilitation that they have become bedridden or in need of devices like crutches, walkers and wheelchairs.
Do I Have a Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) Lawsuit?
The Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Osteonecrosis of the Jaw lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Osteonecrosis of the Jaw cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one have taken Fosamax and developed a serious side effect like ONJ, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.