The most notable quote from the stack of articles: "Their physician had them on Fosamax believing it was a relatively benign drug used to treat osteoporosis," says Dr. Lorich. "What we found was that the patients having these fractures had been on the bisphosphonate for several years, and it was turning their bone off from healing." From Orthopaedic Trauma Today, Premier Issue, Spring 2008.
Anyway, medical dictionary in hand, I have carefully read all the articles and the stories provided by the members of the online support group and have learned many new words:
bisphosphonates: drugs such as Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel