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Boniva ONJ & Fracture Lawsuits

boniva-lawsuits-free-brochure-banner-170x250Research shows the osteoporosis drug ibandronate sodium (or ibandronic acid)—sold under the brand name Boniva, Bondronat, and Bonviva—causes atypical thigh bone fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw (jawbone death).

What Is Boniva? When Is It Prescribed?

Boniva is the brand name for the drug ibandronate sodium. Sold by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Hoffman-LaRoche (and also  by the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, Plc.), this prescription medication is used to treat osteoporosis and hypercalcemia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the drug in May 2003. Hoffman-LaRoche earned about $1 billion in Boniva sales through 2010.

Boniva is a bisphosphonate drug prescribed for post-menopausal women that works by reducing bone degeneration, a process referred to as “resorption.” Related to natural bone-regulating chemicals, the drug does not inhibit bone mineralization. Consequently, one can take ibandronate sodium along with calcium and vitamin D supplements and see some bone mineralization. Unfortunately, the human body does not absorb the drug well, and much of it is excreted through the kidneys. Boniva is sold in 150 mg oral tablets taken monthly. (An earlier daily version of Boniva containing 2.5 mg of ibandronate sodium was discontinued due to safety and efficacy reasons). It must be taken without food, and users must fast for a time to allow the drug to take effect.

Boniva Side Effects

Since 2000, the FDA has known about bisphosphonates’ tendency to cause osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) when they are given to cancer patients. ONJ is a painful, disfiguring bone disease that affects people’s jaw bones—specifically, the bone mass in the mandible (lower jaw bone) and maxilla (upper jaw bone) die. Usually, this is caused by a badly performed tooth extraction procedure that leaves a portion of jaw bone exposed. It then becomes infected and the jaw bone begins dying off. In extreme circumstances, the patient’s jaw bone must be removed to prevent further bone damage. Symptoms include:

  • jaw pain
  • jaw feeling “heavy”
  • gum swelling
  • loose teeth
  • drainage
  • numbness
  • jaw bone exposure

A study conducted by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) found that Boniva use correlates to sudden unusual bone fractures, particularly in the thigh bone (femur). The FDA refers to these as “subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femur fractures,” and on October 13, 2010, it announced that it would require a labeling change to all bisphosphonate products, including Boniva. Atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures are very rare, but they appear more common among long-term Boniva takers. The ASBMR study investigated 310 cases of atypical femur fractures, finding that 291 of them were taking a bisphosphonate. Boniva users who experience any thigh pain should contact their physicians promptly.

RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier

The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a Boniva lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.

If you have taken Boniva and believe it harmed you, contact RLG today.

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  1. Guest
    on August 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

    It is a horrible drug...That has caused me so much pain, and body deterioration. I thought it would help me but it took me down so bad beyond belief.

  2. Guest
    on August 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    My mother took boniva for years until the pain in her legs and knees were too much. Now 3-4 months later, her teeth are turning black in the back of tooth and now the sides. She is going to a dentist soon. We know this is caused from the boniva and are unsure what to do.

  3. Guest
    on June 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I recently heard about the issue, I live in Beirut, Lebanon. My mom is 53 years old and has been taking boniva for 2 years and it's been 5 months she has different pains in her shoulders and knees and she doesn't know the reason. She went to the doctor and he didn't mention that it could be the side effect of boniva. But now it makes sense. Something must be done, most of the women here are given boniva.

  4. Guest
    on May 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Yes I have suffered Femure fracture. In Jan 2011 of which I suffer a lot of pain and can only walk with a limp. However as I think I told your office it was Fosamax. Once a month I was on for 6.5 years, as I live in Ireland I get no information of the damage its caused. In the medical field it appears a big secret. So I am indeed very grateful to your company for your help.

  5. Guest
    on December 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I have fractured the 5th metatarsyl bone in my right foot, which is the worse fracture you can have b/c of blood flow & am in a big cam boot, can't drive, can't walk & had to rent a scooter to take the weight off this foot. This has been 7 weeks so far & doctor tells me it's a 16 week recovery or surgery with a screw. I have been on Boniva for years & before that I took fosamax. Can this be related? Shouldn't taking these drugs for bone protection prohibit me from getting a fracture?

  6. Guest
    on August 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I took Boniva in 2010 on advice of my doctor. In Spring of 2011, I fell and injured my right wrist and had to wear a brace. On June 2011, I fell and fractured my right ankle. Have been wearing a boot for 6 wks; will begin therapy on 8/9/11 for 6 wks. I am a retired single female; dob 6/28/38. I never married; no children, etc., I don't have any health issues. I have always been self sufficient; I retired in June 2009 at 71; as my Mom had health issues and I needed to care for her. Thank you for your time in this matter. I live in Houston,Tx.

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