Two St. Clair County women are suing the makers of an osteoporosis medicine for allegedly making exaggerated claims of its benefits.

Beth Tobias and Margaret Freiberg filed the lawsuit against Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation Oct. 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Tobias and Freiberg say they took the drug Fosamax with the understanding that it would reduce the possibility of bone fractures. Both patients, however, allege the drug does just the opposite, actually weakening bones and increasing the risk of injury.

They are asking for more than $50,000 in damages, plus court fees, from Merck Sharpe & Dome for the alleged false claims.

Attorneys John J. Driscoll, William T. Dowd, Douglas P. Dowd and Andrew G. Toennies, of St. Louis, Mo., are representing Tobias and Freiberg.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-563

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