Manufactured by Merck & Company, Fosamax belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates which decrease the activity of cells which break down bone. Fosamax was approved by the FDA in September, 1995 for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis (thinning of bone) in women after menopause in order to reduce the chance of suffering a hip or spinal fracture. It can also be prescribed to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis or in the treatment of osteoporosis in either men or women who are taking corticosteroid medicines.
Both the FDA and Merck issued a warning to health care professionals on September 24, 2004 of the danger associated with the use of this drug.
Lawsuits have been filed in these cases; the first will be tried in August 2009.
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