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A Boniva Injury and Lawsuit

Have you been injured as a result of taking Boniva? If so, you really should contact a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your Boniva injury.

Boniva is the brand name for ibandronic acid (INN) or ibandronate sodium (USAN). Ibandronate is a potent bisphosphonate drug. Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone mass.

Who made Boniva?

Boniva is made jointly by GlaxoSmithKline and Roche Laboratories and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a daily treatment for post-menopausal osteoporosis in women in May 2003. Men should not take Boniva unless they are participating in clinical trials.

In March 2005, the FDA approved a new formulation of Boniva as an oral tablet that was to be taken once a month on the same day of each month. The recommended dosage was 150 mg. This FDA approval made Boniva the first ever once-monthly oral treatment for any chronic disease.

This new treatment option for Boniva came on the heels of the Surgeon General's Report that elevated osteoporosis to a major public health threat on the same level as obesity and smoking. 44 million Americans who are over the age of 55 are affected by or at risk for osteoporosis.

The word "osteoporosis" means "porous bones". Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break. It causes your bones to become brittle. Your bones become so brittle that even mild stresses like bending over, coughing or sneezing can cause a fracture.

Osteoporosis is a disease that is evidenced by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis may affect any bone in your body, but especially those of your hip, wrist and spine.

The problem is that in 2008, the FDA issued a communication warning of the possibility of severe and sometimes incapacitating bone, joint and/or muscle pain. A study that was conducted by the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research concluded that long term use of bisphosphonates, including Boniva, may increase your risk of a rare but serious fracture of your femur (thigh bone).

In addition, some people who have taken Boniva have experienced loss of bone in their jaw that is referred to as Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) or Dead Jaw Syndrome. Dead Jaw Syndrome is a serious bone disease that develops due to a reduced local blood supply, which causes the bone to die.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw usually develops after a procedure, such as tooth extraction, that exposes your jaw bone.

Symptoms of Osteonecrosis include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Slow healing following an injury to or surgery on your gums
  • Swelling in your gums
  • Pain in your jaw
  • Infection of your gums
  • Numbness

To make matters worse, in July 2011, the FDA announced that it was reviewing data related to a potential connection between the use of oral bisphosphonates and the occurrence of esophageal cancer. The FDA stated that conflicting results had been seen in two studies regarding bisphosphonates and esophageal cancer.

Once again, if you have been injured as a result of taking Boniva, you really should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.