Oxford University Study Reveals Fosamax Use May Double Risk Of Developing Esophageal Cancer

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Fosamax users, already worried about developing osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and femur fractures, now have something else to worry about. A new study from the Britain’s Oxford University revealed that Fosamax use may double the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Fosamax Lawsuits: Esophageal Cancer New Worry

Researchers at Oxford University studied the medical records of more than 6 million people over a 10 year period from 1995 to 2005. What they found was startling. Patients who took bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs such as Merck & Company’s Fosamax (alendronate), Proctor & Gamble’s Actonel (risedronate) and Didronel (etidronate) and Roche’s Boniva (ibandronate) for five years or more had double the risk of developing esophageal cancer – cancer of the esophagus.

What Is Esophageal Cancer?  

Esophageal cancer usually leads to difficulty and pain in swallowing. While chemotherapy and radiotherapy may help, the prognosis of esophageal cancer – depending upon the stage of the cancer and other medical problems – is often poor. That’s because, according to CR Magazine, most people are not diagnosed with esophageal cancer until it’s in later stages – which is mainly due to symptoms not developing until nearly half of the esophagus is obstructed due to tumor growth. This painful form of cancer has already been linked to bisphosphonates

Fosamax Lawsuits: Oxford Study Mirrors FDA Concerns

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that 23 patients taking Fosamax have developed esophageal tumors and that eight of those people died. It’s clear that esophageal cancer must now be added to the list of Fosamax side effects and risks.

Fosamax Lawsuits: Hiring A Fosamax Lawyer

If you’ve developed esophageal cancer, osteonecrosis of the jaw or femur fractures and have taken Fosamax or another bisphosphonate osteoporosis drug, contact an experienced Fosamax lawyer to discuss your situation. Fosamax lawsuits have been ongoing for many years and an experienced Fosamax lawyer will understand which arguments, venues and strategies might work best in your situation.

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