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Drug Suits Raise Questions for Doctors, and Juries
New York Times

Judith Graves, a 67-year-old retired investigator for the United States Army, developed a rare medical condition called jawbone death after taking Fosamax, a drug used by millions of American women with thinning bones. In a civil trial now under way in Manhattan, Mrs. Graves is suing Merck, the maker of Fosamax. Her lawyer, Timothy M. O’Brien, told the jury that Fosamax had caused such debilitating jawbone deterioration that Mrs. Graves required five major operations, including a lengthy surgery to replace her broken jaw with bone from her left arm.