What these reports of terrible injury do not tell you is that most of these elderly women do not survive these fractures: They develop pneumonia and die.
It is outrageous that these drugs continue to be advertised on prime time television in New Zealand and doctors continue to dish these out like lollies to unsuspecting and trusting patients.
When there is so much increasing doubt about their safety there should be a moratorium on prescribing them.
If in doubt - Leave it out!
Researchers Find Increased Number Of Low-Energy Subtrochanteric Fractures For A Period Ten Years After Introduction Of Fosamax In That Country
(Posted by Tom Lamb at DrugInjuryWatch.com)
At the Orthopaedic Proceedings section of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, British Volume, web site there is an item that presents some findings from a recent Australian study which supports the apparent link between Fosamax and atypical femur fractures.
This new Fosamax research item is "Femoral Insufficiency Fracture Associated With Prolonged Alendronate Therapy". From the Abstract for this item we get these five key findings about femur fractures in long-term users of Fosamax: