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Isle woman sues drugmaker after breaking thigh bone
By Kristen Consillio
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 30, 2011
Lois Takamori, a 62-year-old retired Kailua school teacher, was talking with friends at a gym in 2009 when a slight step backward broke her thigh bone.
Takamori filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against drugmaker Merck & Co., claiming the thigh bone fracture was a result of taking the prescription drug Fosamax for eight years.
Fosamax is commonly prescribed to postmenopausal women to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis, a condition prevalent among Asian and Caucasian women.
"I took onestep backward and felt excruciating pain," she said of the fracture. "It'sa devastating breakage because it doesn't heal. I have discomfort, can't walk without a cane, so it's very limiting."
Takamori, who began taking Fosamax in 2001 when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis, had multiple surgeries to try to fix the fracture.
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