Merck & Co. has been hit with an $8 million jury verdict in the case of a Florida woman. Merck’s osteoporosis drug destroyed her jaw bone and has caused significant pain in the plaintiff. Merck says it will appeal the decision. The case was brought by Shirley Boles of Fort Walton, Florida, who took Fosamax for about 10 years. Merck says her dental problems were due to heavy smoking and periodontal disease. The jury awarded Mrs. Boles $8 million in compensatory damages. This was her second trial. The first ended in a mistrial last September. Merck faces more than 1,400 lawsuits alleging Fosamax harmed patients.
Source: Associated Press
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