Clinton woman suing Merck over problem with FosamaxApr 12, 2006 | www.wate.com
A Clinton woman is suing the drug maker Merck, claiming a drug it makes resulted in a side-effect she never imagined.
As many people know, Merck is already facing a flood of lawsuits over its drug Vioxx. But another problem with a different drug seems to be emerging.
The osteoporosis drug Fosamax is under fire, with reports linking its long term use to a condition causing patients' jawbones to rot and die. That disease is called osteonecrosis (ONJ) and it caused problems for Gwendolyn Wolfe.
"A substantial portion of her jawbone had to be removed and Dr. Carlson did that in surgery," says Wolfe's attorney. "She's still having significant pain and will for the rest of her life."
Her attorney has filed a lawsuit seeking class action certification claiming Fosamax has injured countless patients around America and. The suit also claims Merck knew about the problems but failed to report them.