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Merck Wins First Fosamax ‘Jaw Death’ State-Court Trial

Merck & Co. won the first of hundreds of state-court lawsuits in which its Fosamax osteoporosis drug is blamed for causing so-called jaw death.

Fosamax didn’t cause Alison Rosenberg, 67, of Pennsylvania to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ, a jury in Atlantic City, New Jersey, found today. Merck previously won two of three cases that went to jury verdicts in Manhattan federal court.