Latest Osteoporosis News: Merck To Settle Fosamax Lawsuits, Bisphosphonates Deplete Antioxidants, Good News On Water Fluoridation, And More!
There’s a great deal of news to share with you this week. The legal “bullet” is finally catching up with Merck after years of dodging responsibility for Fosamax’s terrible side effects. Also, the latest research confirms bisphosphonates deplete your body of crucial antioxidants. And (finally!) there’s good news about water fluoridation.
Let’s start with the latest news about Merck…
Merck Agrees to Settle Fosamax ONJ Lawsuits
Savers are familiar with the horrible side-effect of bisphosphonates known as ONJ, or osteonecrosis of the jaw, which causes bones in the jaw to decay leading to loss of teeth and disfiguration. ONJ is caused by bisphosphonates, and Merck, maker of the popular bisphosphonate Fosamax, has been inundated with lawsuits from unsuspecting patients who have taken the drug and paid the high price of ONJ.
“Merck & Co Inc said on Monday that it was prepared to pay $27.7 million to settle lawsuits by hundreds of people who sued the company over allegations that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused bones in the jaw to deteriorate.
Merck, which confirmed the agreement later on Monday, said the accord requires a 100 percent participation rate and evidence that the claimants satisfy eligibility requirements. The deal covers about 1,200 people, the company said.” 1
ONJ is not the only disorder that’s been connected to Fosamax; the article goes on to point out that “…the settlement does not cover the 4,115 lawsuits the company continues to face by people claiming to have sustained femur fractures or other bone injuries due to taking Fosamax.” 1
It’s tragic to think of all the lives that have been negatively affected by this popular osteoporosis drug.
Of course, $27 million is a drop in the bucket for a pharmaceutical giant such as Merck; but even if this closes the chapter on ONJ lawsuits, Merck still faces multiple femur fracture lawsuits.
“Court documents, updated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reveal that on December 16 (2013), there were 899 cases pending in the Fosamax Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1789), and 1,107 cases pending in the Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II) (MDL 2243).” 2
How ironic that Fosamax, which is marketed as a drug that makes your bones stronger, actually has the opposite effect. Atypical femur fractures are a devastating side effect of this dangerous drug.
But it’s not surprising that Merck has agreed to settle; it has already racked in billions with sales of Fosamax and its patent has already expired. So now the search is on for new osteoporosis drugs. As was the case with bisphosphonates, new osteoporosis drugs will be approved by government regulators, and it will take years for all the terrible side-effects to show up and to be linked to the drug. This, unfortunately, is the nefarious cycle of osteoporosis drugs…
More Bad News about Bisphosphonates
The Save Our Bones philosophy is rooted in the concept of the body’s ability to repair, heal, and build itself when it’s given what it needs. Drugs are never part of the Save Our Bones equation, and it is always a mix of positive affirmation and a sense of tragedy when mainstream sources finally line up with aspects of this philosophy.
For example, recent research reveals that bisphosphonates are associated with decreased levels of the crucial antioxidants Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone and Vitamin E – something already revealed and discussed in the Save Our Bones Program from the get-go
“In postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, treatment with nitro-bisphosphonates appears to be associated with diminished coenzyme Q10 status and vitamin E levels, according to recent study findings.
Besides its anti-bone resorption mechanism, N-BP [nitro-bisphosphonates] may block a pathway that is involved in the cellular synthesis of coenzyme Q10, which in turn may place a greater antioxidant burden on vitamin E, according to the researchers.
They added that based on these findings, adjunctive supplementation may be warranted.
‘Investigations are now needed to determine whether coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E gamma-tocopherol deficiency are contributing factors for some serious N-BP-associated adverse effects,’ the researchers wrote.” 3
Nitro-bisphosphonates are the most widely prescribed type of bisphosphonate, such as Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Reclast and their generic versions. The ability of these drugs to inhibit crucial metabolic pathways is discussed extensively in the Save Our Bones Program:
“In short, nitrogenous bisphosphonates interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10 resulting in a potential deficiency that could be damaging. …That’s because CoQ10 is an essential vitamin-like fat-soluble antioxidant that is present in practically all cell membranes (thus its name ubiquinone). … Once converted into ubiquinol (QH2), which is the reduced form of ubiquinone (meaning that it lost one oxygen molecule), it operates as an antioxidant on its own and in synergy with the important antioxidant Vitamin E.”
You see, the Save Our Bones Program is well ahead of its time. Over and over, there’s “new” research confirming what was written in the Program all along!
Good News! Nine US States Propose to Stop Fluoridation
The poisonous nature of fluoride is becoming more and more recognized. As it relates to bone health, fluoride has been found to actually increase the risk of fractures. Not surprisingly, a movement is afoot nationwide to reconsider adding fluoride to municipal water supplies.
“According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), some 16 pieces of legislation across nine states were introduced or passed just within the past year to protect the public against this pervasive poison.
“‘In years past the dental lobby has been successful in getting pro-fluoridation bills introduced in state legislatures across the United States, including legislation that would mandate statewide fluoridation — a law 13 states presently have. But the tables are turning,’ explains FAN. ‘In 2013… instead of the introduction of pro-fluoride bills, we saw the exact opposite, with the introduction of 16 anti-fluoridation bills in 9 states.’” 4
This is wonderful news – fluoride is a toxin that should not be ingested by anyone. (This is why fluoridated toothpaste carries a warning against ingestion.) In the Missing Link, a free report included with the Save Our Bones Program, the dangers of fluoride are discussed extensively. As mentioned earlier, countless studies have shown that fluoride damages your bones and actually increases fracture rates, especially the dreaded hip fractures.
Let’s hope the tide continues in the anti-fluoride direction!
Till next time,
1Raymond, Nate and Dye, Jessica. “Merck agrees to proposed $27.7 million settlement over Fosamax lawsuits.” Reuters. Dec. 9 2013. Web. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/09/us-merck-fosamax-idUSBRE9B811S20131209
“Fosamax Multidistrict Litigation Moves Forward: AttorneyOne Can Provide Advice.” Digital Journal. January 15, 2014. Web. http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1682174
2Kalyan S. “Nitro-bisphosphonates may inhibit antioxidant vitamin E levels in women with osteoporosis.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014; doi:10.1210/hc.2013-3648. http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/bone-mineral-metabolism/news/online/%7Be65bf119-db19-4757-b501-2ade79c8f2f5%7D/nitro-bisphosphonates-may-inhibit-antioxidant-vitamin-e-levels-in-women-with-osteoporosis
3Huff, Ethan A. “Nine states propose 16 anti-fluoridation bills in 2013 to protect public against poison.” Natural News. December 19, 2013. Web. http://www.naturalnews.com/043294_water_fluoridation_anti-fluoridation_bills_public_poisoning.html