FDA Bone Drug Study Offers New Pathway For Plaintiffs

Law360, New York (May 10, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration analysis published Wednesday suggesting that the benefits of Merck & Co. Inc.'s Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs may disappear over time will give plaintiffs suing the drugmakers over the products' purported side effects even more ammunition, attorneys say.

An article by FDA researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine questioned whether taking a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates beyond five years helps prevent fractures. Data from trials suggest patients might be able to discontinue use without sacrificing bone...
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