Merck & Co. Wins Round of Suits Over Fosamax Osteoporosis Drug

, New Jersey Law Journal

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A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed more than 100 lawsuits alleging Merck & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Fosamax causes bone fractures.

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  • Fortunately, this does not apply to victims who suffered osteonecrosis of the jaw (“ONJ”). At the end of 2013, Merck settled with about 1,200 plaintiffs alleging that Fosamax caused them to suffer osteonecrosis of the jaw. ONJ is a rare condition in which the patient suffers degeneration and deterioration of the jaw and often necessitates surgical repair with bone grafting. This recent settlement requires a total of about $27.7 million to be paid by Merck. Before anyone feels bad for Merck, he or she should also know that some researchers estimate that Merck “earned” about $3 billion (with a “b”) in 2007 from Fosamax. There are still many unsettled suits.
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