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Bisphophonate Femur Fracture Lawsuits Consolidated

Filed February 9th, 2012 Julie

Lawsuits filed in federal court by plaintiffs claiming to have suffered a femur fracture as a result of taking the drugs Fosamax and Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast, or all three of the drugs, will be consolidated alongside hundreds of others filed by plaintiffs who only took Fosamax.

Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast, which are in the same group of drugs called bisphosphonates, are prescribed to prevent bone loss and treat postmenopausal osteoporosis. However, long-term use of the drugs have been tied to an increased risk of atypical femur fractures, which may or may not be caused by trauma.

An order issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on February 3 will be transferred to the Fosamax fracture MDL.
In that lawsuit, Theresa-Thomas Walsh alleges that she suffered fractures of both femurs as a result of using Fosamax. At least five other lawsuits have already been centralized in the Fosamax MDL filed by plaintiffs that say they suffered broken femurs from use of either Fosamax and Reclast or Fosamax and Boniva. The MDL said that consolidation could not be justified as part of the MDL because there were insufficient common questions of law and fact.

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