Vioxx – bone and spine repair – not just heart › Create New Post — WordPress

Vioxx – bone and spine repair – not just heart – urgently need to gain public knowledge. Thousands possibly damaged and have no clue as to why. Furthermore, thousands can be damaged even today, as Celebrex is still on the market, and so is Fosamax.

Please read my history (more detailed is available by emailing to one of the two here.

Please provide your input if you were healing from bone/spine damage, and you were taking either Vioxx, Celebrex, and/or Fosamax.

Also, whether or not you were healing from bone/spine damage, it would be very useful to have your information.       

In all cases, please provide your input to the various blogs and develop “conversations” wherever possible. It will help others and yourself.

A SUMMARY report will be provided at the end of October. Hopefully we can use the report to exert pressure on the FDA and Merck to start doing some testing AND POST MARKETING reviews on these subjects, NOT “ONLY” THE HEART ISSUE(S).

THANK YOU.

Dennis Harrison

12 Responses to Vioxx – bone and spine repair – not just heart › Create New Post — WordPress

  1. WOW! – VIOXX, FOSAMAX, AND CONCURRENT VIOXX AND FOSAMAX!
    Take a look at this and its possible implications!

    ….this study conclusion (just released, not part of this communication), along with my earlier thoughts about (speculation and alleged) Vioxx and Concurrent Vioxx (or Celebrex today) with FOSAMAX, is so mind-blowing… If there are more supporting studies like this, and as more becomes available with FOSAMAX (and apparently (and allegedly) that it actually makes your bones worse – more brittle I mean, over the longer term).

    …(the article that “spurred” this note….is a CRUCIAL ARTICLE AND CONCLUSION. So, … if my thoughts are true, Merck’s very existence with many, many more massive lawsuits, dwarfing the heart issue(s) would (allegedly) seem to be at risk…I am not kidding here. And it may very well (if true) does have to do with the concurrent use of Vioxx and FOSAMAX + one piece of additional information relative to Vioxx…

    1 – my concern (alleged) about FOSAMAX and Cox-2 inhibitors taken concurrently would seem to have some basis based on the article that spurred this communication…. FOSAMAX, in one of the best kept secrets, now becoming known – Vioxx (and this is one of the two “keys” per the article can (allegedly) be BAD for the bones (not just repair – but the actual regeneration which is a normal process).

    2 – It adds ANOTHER dimension to the alleged Vioxx issue(s) I have. My issues center around bone and spine repair problems (allegedly) from Cox-2 inhibitors (such as Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra). The article (backed by actual formal testing)causing my “intelligent” speculation (alleged at this point) is the first of its kind that I have seen…, and it alleges that (for males) that Cox-2 inhibitors (Vioxx – past; Celebrex – current) also (allegedly) weaken the bones and decrease mineral density. Thus, a long term (Vioxx and FOSAMAX0 user like me is hit again by another issue yet… – the bone (femur) broke, it didn’t heal (vioxx issue); however it already had been weakened before it broke. In my case I think it would have broken anyway, BUT the already weakened bone would have tried to heal already being behind the game.

    3 – Thus broken bone individuals such as myself have now several (AT LEAST 3) issues that can ruin the repair process:

    a – Vioxx by iteself (allegedly) inhibits/prevents proper bone/spine healing; the thrust behind my current lawsuit (filed “pro se” e.g. by myself).

    b – Vioxx, taken on a long term basis (and undoubtedly the highest dosage possible that I took worsened it even more) allegedly can very well weaken the bones, leading to easier fracture (I don’t think that is my leg case – but may have a significant role in why my “head caved in and the spinal cord just barely pierced my brain! – in a life threatening condition that required a life saving operatin (that was in MA). I also plan on filing a lawsuit there, – MA has the two years statute, but a DISCOVERY clause (my DISCOVERY WAS LAST OCTOBER) – would permit the “clock” to run as of last October (Not September 30, 2004 as in two year statute heart cases).

    c – FOSAMAX (allegedly – per many news articles, actually weakens (or makes the bones more brittle; in the long term) bones, not make them stronger – even though the density may be higher! First incidence of this seems allegedly to be the Osteonecrosis (DEAD JAW) issue in which lawsuits are accelerating.

    This all adds up to so, so much fuel to my own case. However, the broader implications for Merck, assuming these issues are not hidden by Merck and the part of the legal community that is in the front lines… may be devastating to Merck.

    This, to the best of my ever increasing knowledge by research, much cross reference, and logic – is just so, so ASTONISHING! It would seem that between very significantly increasing the VIOXX lawsuits plus the increasing number of FOSAMAX lawsuits plus allegedly potentially issues based on concurrent usage).

    Merck, and possibly SOME members of the legal community may be breathing a sigh of relief as they feel that the two years statute has mostly passed. However, they are not so lucky!

    If you are in a three year state – you (depending on total timing) may still sue. If you are in a two year state – you (potentially) may still sue IF the issue is Vioxx and the well publicized and form independent studies concerning Cox-2 inhibitors and the alleged issues of proer bone and spine healing.

    Merck has a very long way to go.

    The public must start DEMANDING that ALL non-heart cases be adequately accepted, and represented, by the legal community (as said before, there seems (allegedly) to be reasons for this not being the case – for the moment those issues are still being studied and at least reasonably concluded.

    More detailed alleged information relative to the (alleged) issue(s) on inadequate bone and spine rapair is available on the Vioxx Blog http://badbonehealing.wordpress.com/ or you can email via badbones@hvc.rr.com or badbonehealing@hvc.rr.com … if you would like to keep a concern private to yourself and me.

    Thank You,

    Sincerely,
    Dennis Harrison
    Cementon, NY

  2. I absolutely feel that the number of lawsuits that are known today are only about 1/2 to 1/3 of what will exist – if the public and media, besides the legal community, become informed and demand these allegations be investigated PROPERLY.

    Besides the heart lawsuits – I would allege that there are probably about 15,000 potential lawsuits for improper bone healing (let alone potential and alleged harm from concurrent Vioxx and FOSAMAX (both produced by MERCK!). I am one of them and have my suit filed. Unfortunately, I had to do it “pro se”. Why you ask would I have to do it on my own; and why wouldn’t a lawyer take it?

    In my view two reasons have successfully suppressed the alleged Vioxx bone/spine repair issue(s) and will be at work in suppressing the potential issue of concurrent Vioxx and Fosamax usage. Only the public, demanding that these items be brought to light can change this. There is little, if any momentum doing so otherwise, and in fact, the “campaign” circling the wagons around the heart/CV issue, allegedly valid as it is, seems to also be acting as a “red herring” for the bone/spine issue(s).

    1 – in an attempt to “streamline” as much as possible many, many lawsuits were put into the Federal arena (PSC) to reduce redundancy for “discovery purposes”, and also into the Federal Court system for the actual trials. It seems to be fairly well known that Merck would like to coral as many lawsuits as possible from the State to the Federal arena. In my case, I believe they have done so without the spirit and good faith of the defined process, and I am currently challenging what they have done to me. What this means is that I was put into the Federal arena because my case is supposed to be so similar as the heart/CV case – however, I feel it is because Merck hopes it is buried and suppressed there. The Federal arena, currently is refusing to accept my case for DISCOVERY as they seem to only accept the heart/CV cases. Why, Why, Why – I seem to sense something “fishy” here.

    As part of this Multi District Litigation (MDL) process – a “template” actually exists with the general heart issue allegations. A lawyer can simply cut and paste, put their client’s name in it, and voila – there is a lawsuit filed! Whether it be in State or Federal. Only later, if the lawyer feels it makes sense, does additional detail need to be gained! In the meantime, the lawyer can hope for a large settlement, in which his/her client will probably be able to participate, even without really, really proving the causation. By making the heart/CV cases so easy to file, and the bone/spine repair cases so difficult – in effect, I would argue, they have added a significant number of potentially invalid heart cases, while excluding a LOT of very legitimate bone/spine repair cases! Unbelievable!

    No easy lawsuit filing and template filing – let alone common DISCOVERY procedures across a number of similar cases in the bone/spine repair issue(s). A lawyer must take more time in the initial filing, plus it would seem have to spend a lot more time, and incur a lot more risk, than the heart cases! The bone/spine issues are harder, more time consuming, and involve more risk – the allegations need to be proven – where as in the heart cases, for the most part, the allegations are proven on “almost” a one-time basis, and the risk/reward is easier to follow (because of the similar heart cases pooled for discovery). Thus why would a lawyer want to take the extra time and risk when both are much more minimized for the heart issues. So, a bone/spine repair issue case will constantly be rejected by a lawyer(s). Not because of less merit by any means, but because the “streamlining” process also has deviated from its original purpose and by a large margin, favors issuing lawsuits only for the heart/CV issues. An individual will find him/herself constantly rejected by almost any lawyer in the US.

    2 – Thus I filed my own. I am trying to bring public awareness to this issue – but I am finding it so, so difficult to do so on a large scale. EVERYONE, including the newspapers and TV just naturally associates Vioxx issues with heart/CV, and just assumes that bone/spine repair issues are not relevant. I would allege that Merck has been successful in establishing a thought pattern – in consumers, media AND even the legal community that the only valid lawsuit with Vioxx is the heart/CV issue(s). In my view, obviously, and in my lawsuit and allegations, I don’t at all feel this way…….

    Such is quite the opposite. They are just as relevant. Probably equal or near equal in number, have very similar allegations, but of course different causation proof. In fact, the causation proof would seem to be easier in these cases. My causation is very powerful. Perhaps as I move my case forward, the public media will finally catch on.

    Furthermore, the accelerating number of FOSAMAX cases will indeed be a big issue, in my opinion. The allegations are turning into lawsuits.

    Lastly, though no lawsuits are filed, there may be developments leaning towards allegations of Vioxx and Fosamax concurrently as being a problem.

    Thus, I feel – if the public finally gets knowledgeable, and a more motivated legal system learns what is happening, I believe the number of lawsuits has hardly begun.

    Anyone doubting me, just do a Google on “vioxx bone repair” (no quotes needed) – many independent R&D studies (Stanford, Hospital for Special Surgery, Rochester University, and so, so many more) conclude the same allegations about (Cox-2 inhibitors; of which Vioxx is one of the more powerful) ruining bone/spine repair. And by the way, if one gets major surgery, and if it is close together, as mine was, there is (allegedly by myself and my experiences) even much more damage possible than the typical broken arm, finger, etc. – but either way – it is a severe problem that not only Merck, but the legal industry, currently prefers to sweep under the rug. At least they have that in common!

    Relative to the STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, which Merck hopes inhibits anyone from filing any type of lawsuit, think again.

    Merck, and possibly SOME members of the legal community may be breathing a sigh of relief as they feel that the two years statute has mostly passed. However, they are not so lucky!

    If you are in a three year state – you (depending on total timing) may still sue. If you are in a two year state – you (potentially) may still sue IF the issue is Vioxx and the alleged issues of proper bone and spine healing (the issue is well publicized NOW with many formal independent studies concerning Cox-2 inhibitors and how they inhibit/prevent bone or spine healing.

    Merck has a very long way to go.

    The public must start DEMANDING that ALL non-heart cases be adequately accepted, and represented, by the legal community (as said before, there seems (allegedly) to be reasons for this not being the case – for the moment those issues are still being studied and at least reasonably concluded.

    More detailed alleged information relative to the (alleged) issue(s) on inadequate bone and spine repair is available on the Vioxx Blog http://www.badbonehealing.wordpress.com or you can email via badbones@hvc.rr.com or badbonehealing@hvc.rr.com … if you would like to keep a concern private to yourself and me.

    Thank You,

    Sincerely,
    Dennis Harrison
    Cementon, NY

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