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               Fosamax & Osteoporosis Newsletter
               Fosamax & Osteoporosis Newsletter
                               Fosamax Linked to Jaw Decay
                               Fosamax Linked to Jaw Decay
                               T                he American                          Research indicates that
                                                                                     Research indicates that




                               T
                                                Association of                 Fosamax may prevent the jaw-
                                                                               Fosamax may prevent the jaw-
                                                Endodonists
                                                Endodonists              bone from healing properly after a
                                                                         bone from healing properly after a
      McDevitt began
 Joan McDevitt began
                                                issued a position
                                                issued a position        simple dental procedure has
                                                                         simple dental procedure has
 taking an oral bisphos-
 taking    oral
                                                statement in
                                                statement in             exposed the jaw bone. These pro-
                                                                         exposed the jaw bone. These pro-
 phonate like Fosamax
 phonate      Fosamax          March encouraging dentists to
                                      encouraging dentists to            cedures include tooth extractions,
                                                                         cedures include tooth extractions,
 for low bone density.
 for low bone                  warn patients taking “bisphos-
                                     patients taking “bisphos-           root canals and other oral surgery.
                                                                         root canals and other oral surgery.
 A year and a half later,
        and half later,        phonates,” including Fosamax,
                               phonates,” including Fosamax, of          “Some dentists are refusing
                                                                         “Some dentists are refusing toto
            infected
 she had an infected           the potential risk for developing
                                   potential risk for developing         treatpatients taking the drugs,
                                                                         treat patients taking the drugs,
 tooth extracted. The
 tooth extracted.                              of
                               osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).
                                                      jaw (ONJ).         fearfulthat the dental work
                                                                         fearful that the dental work
                               ONJ is
                               ONJ is a                                                        will induce aa
                                                                                               will induce
 hole would not
 hole would not heal,
                               a
                               potentially        “Patients who have been receiv-
                                                  “Patients who have been receiv- case of
 and pieces of bone
 and           bone            potentially                                                     case of
                               disfiguring
                               disfiguring          ing intravenous bisphospho-
                                                    ing intravenous bisphospho-                osteonecrosis
                                                                                               osteonecrosis
 from     jaw kept
 from her jaw kept
                               condition
                               condition          nates should avoid having teeth
                                                  nates should avoid having teeth . . .” -–New    .” New
 splintering and coming
 splintering and coming        that leads to
                               that leads to             pulled ‘at allall costs.’”
                                                         pulled ‘at costs.’”                   York
                                                                                               York Times
 out. Her oral surgeon
 out. Her oral surgeon         the break-
                               the break-                      - USA
                                                               – USA Today (March 13, 2005)
                                                                                               Times 2,
                                                                                               (June 2,
                                                                                               (June
 “cut into the jaw – he
 “cut into the jaw - he        down of the
                               down of the                                                     2006)*
                                                                                               2006)*
 cut and filed the bone
 cut and filed the bone        jawbone and loss teeth, and is
                               jawbone and loss of teeth, and is             Symptoms ONJ include
                                                                             Symptoms of of ONJ include
 down.” It did not help.
 down.” It did not help.       otherwise known as dead jaw,
                                           known as dead jaw,            severe infections, loosening of
                                                                         severe infections, loosening of the
 “I had horrible sores . . .
 “I had horrible sores         jawbone necrosis
                               jawbone necrosis or jaw death.            teeth, facial discomfort or numb-
                                    With more than 22 million
                                    With more than 22 million            ness, swelling gums, poor gum
                                                                         ness, swelling gums, poor gum
 ungodly painful sores.
 ungodly painful sores.
                               prescriptions last year alone,
                               prescriptions last year alone,            healing after surgery, severe
                                                                         healing after surgery, severe
 I was in agony. I never
          agony.               Fosamax is one of the
                               Fosamax is one of the most wide-          mouth pain, oral infections, loose
                                                                         mouth pain, oral infections, loose
 had anything like
 had anything                  ly used drugs to treat osteoporo-
                                        drugs to                         teeth, tooth loss, exposed bone in
                                                                                tooth loss, exposed
 that
 that in my life.” Ms.
            life.”             sis. The New        Times reports
                               sis. The New York Times reports           the mouth and lingering mouth
                                                                             mouth and               mouth
 McDevitt is now no
 McDevittis now no             that “among the 500,000
                               that “among the 500,000                   abscesses. ONJ may even
                                                                         abscesses. ONJ may even cause
                               American cancer patients who              cause       bones in the mouth
                                                                         splintering bones in the mouth or
 better. - New
 better. –New York             American cancer patients who
 Times
 Times (June 2, 2006)*
                2006)*         take”bone-strengthening drugs
                               take” bone-strengthening drugs            become so severe as to require the
                                                                         become so severe as to require the
                               withthe same active ingredient
                               with the same active ingredient           removal of the jaw.
                                                                                          jaw.
                               as Fosamax, up to “10 percent
                                   Fosamax, up to       percent              Other bisphosphonates include
                                                                             Other bisphosphonates
                               may develop the problem.” - –
                                     develop the problem.”               Actonel, Boniva, Zometa and
                                                                         Actonel,Boniva, Zometa and
                               Gina Kolata, “Drug for Bones is
                                             “Drug for Bones             Aredia and are also linked to ONJ.
                                                                         Aredia and are also linked to ONJ.
                               Newly Linked to Jaw Disease,”
                               Newly Linked to Jaw Disease,”             These drugs are also used to treat
                                                                         These drugs are also used to treat
                               New York Times (June 2, 2006)
                                                 (June 2,                men with decreased bone mass,
                                                                         men with decreased bone mass,
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                                                          Linked to Death of Jawbone,” USA Today (March
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                                                          13, 2005)
                                                                           E. Marx,
                                                              Dr. Robert E. Marx, chief of oral and maxillo-
                                                                                              oral and maxillo-
                                                                 surgery at the University of Miami,
                                                          facial surgery at the University of Miami, referred
                                                          to ONJ in a 2003 issue of The Journal of Oral
                                                          to ONJ in a 2003 issue of The Journal of Oral
                                                                         Surgery, as “a growing
                                                          Maxillofacial Surgery, as “a growing epidemic.”
                                                              Dr. Marx reported that of the patients in his
                                                                         reported that of the patients in his
                                                          recent study who received intravenous bisphos-
                                                                         who received intravenous bisphos-
                                                          phonates, “all ‘had painful bone exposure,’ as as
                                                                      “all ‘had painful bone exposure,’
                                                                     with the condition, and were unrespon-
                                                          is typical with the condition, and were unrespon-
                                                          sive to surgical or medical treatments.” – New
                                                          sive to surgical or medical treatments.” - New
                                                                Times (June 2, 2006)*
                                                          York Times (June 2, 2006)*
                                                              “And not every case has been published or
                                                              “And not every case has been published or
women who have experienced menopause or suf-
women who have experienced menopause or suf- reported .. .. .. ““says oral surgeon Regina
                                                          reported         says oral surgeon Regina
                          those who suffer from vari-
fer from osteoporosis, those who suffer from vari-
fer from osteoporosis,                                                  of Columbia University. “But it’s so
                                                          Landesberg of Columbia University. “But it’s so
                                                          Landesberg
     types of cancer, including leukemia, bone,
ous types of cancer, including leukemia, bone,
ous                                                       impossible to get a handle on what the inci-
                                                                       to get a handle on what the inci-
                                     and those with
prostate, lung and breast cancer and those with
           lung and breast                                dence is. You just don’t know.” - New York
                                                                               don’t know.” – New York
Paget’s
Paget’s disease.                                                                       Times (June 2, 2006)*
                                                                                       Times (June 2, 2006)*
disease.
    “Patients who have                                                                     According to the
                who have
been receiving intra-                                                     ..
                               “We never saw this before in the jaw . jaw . . .
                               “We never saw this before in the                        National Osteonecrosis
                                                                                       National Osteonecrosis
         bisphospho-
venous bisphospho-
venous                           It just never existed.” - Dr. Salvatore
                                 It just never existed.” – Dr. Salvatore               Foundation, up to to
nates should avoid
                avoid               Ruggiero, USA Today (May 2006)                     20,000 Americans
                                                                                                  Americans
                                    Ruggiero, USA Today (May 2006)
having teeth pulled ‘at
                pulled ‘at                                                             may be diagnosed
                                                                                             be diagnosed
all costs.’” - Dr.
             – Dr.                                                                                  with the
                                                                                       each year withthe
Salvatore Ruggiero, Journal of Oral and
Salvatore Ruggiero, Journal of Oral and                   potentially catastrophic condition.
                                                          potentiallycatastrophic condition.
Maxillofacial Surgery (May 2006)
                               2006)                          “The pharmaceutical industry has every
                                                                    pharmaceutical industry has every
                                                                         patient who starts on a [bisphos-
                                                          desire that a patient who starts on a [bisphos-
     ONJ: Growing Epidemic”
     ONJ: “A “A Growing Epidemic”
                                                          phonate] would take for life The bone
                                                          phonate] would take ititfor life . . . . The bone
    Unfortunately, treatment is limited since bis-
    Unfortunately, treatment is limited since bis-        community          has always been bit suspi-
                                                          community. . . .has always been a a bit suspi-
phosphonates such as Fosamax remain
phosphonates such as Fosamax remain in the                       of that viewpoint.” – Robert Gagel,
                                                          cious of that viewpoint.” - Dr. Dr. Robert Gagel,
body for several years. Those who have stopped
body for several years. Those who have stopped
using Fosamax may still be at risk.
using Fosamax may still be at risk.
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
issued an alert to
issued an alert to doctors warning of the connec-
                                      of the connec-
tion between bone-strengthening drugs
tion between bone-strengthening drugs like
Fosamax and jaw necrosis. The FDA “has
Fosamax and jaw necrosis. The FDA “has
required that all bisphosphonate drug labels
requiredthat all bisphosphonate drug labels
          the link to osteonecrosis of the jaw.”
disclose the link to osteonecrosis of the jaw.” - –
New York Times (June 2, 2006)*
New York Times (June 2, 2006)*
    USA Today reported as early as March 13,
    USA Today reported as early as March 13,
2005 that, according to the FDA’s own website,
2005 that, according to the FDA’s own website,
“osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a risk of all bis-
“osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a risk of all bis-
phosphonates” like Fosamax. - Rita Rubin, “Drug
phosphonates” like Fosamax. – Rita Rubin, “Drug

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* Gina Kolata, “Drug for Bones is Newly Linked to Jaw Disease”
* -–Gina Kolata, “Drug for Bones is Newly Linked to Jaw Disease”




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 Fosamax and Jaw Decay
 Fosamax and Jaw Decay
      in the News
      in the News
 “The drugs once seemed perfectly
 “The drugs once seemed perfectly
 safe . . .. But recently there have been
 safe . . But recently there have        been
 reports of a serious side effect: death
 reports of a serious side effect: death
 of areas of of bone in the jaw.”
 of areas bone in the jaw.”
                    - Gina
                    – Gina Kolata, “Drug for Bones is
                                   “Drug for Bones is
                       Newly Linked to Jaw Disease.”
                                     to Jaw Disease.”
                      New York Times (June 2, 2006)

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 •                                               ingredient in the                          Practice Areas
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   popular                           Fosamax to a debilitating                              Practice Areas
   decay condition        as osteonecrosis of the jaw
   decay condition known as osteonecrosis of the jaw or dead jaw.                      • Asbestos & lung cancer or
                                                                                       • Asbestos lung
                                                                                          mesothelioma
              of
 • Symptoms of dead jaw often first appear after a minor dental
 •                       of ten first       after a minor dental
                                                                                       • Zyprexa, Seroquel & Tequin
   procedure and may include:                                                          • Zyprexa, Seroquel &
                                                                                          linked to diabetes
    ✯ Facial numbness or a heavy feeling
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                                                  ? Severe infections                  • Guidant & Metronic heart
                                                                                       • Guidant &
                                                                                          devices
                                                                                          devices
    ✯ Poor gum healing after dental work
    ?      gum healing after dental work          ✯Loose teeth
                                                  ? Loose
                                                                                       • Ortho Evra patch & heart
                                                                                       • Ortho Evra patch
    ✯
    ? Painful bone exposure                       ✯Tooth loss
                                                  ? Tooth loss                                               &
                                                                                          problems, strokes & blood clots
    ✯ Removal of the jaw
    ?           of                                ✯Lingering wounds
                                                  ? Lingering wounds                   • Ketek & liver failure or
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