Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Article in today's Times-Picayune -- Jury rejects man's claim Vioxx caused heart attack, by Susan Finch:
A federal court jury Tuesday handed New Jersey
pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc.
a victory in the latest of more than 16,000 lawsuits alleging the company failed to give
adequate warning to doctors that Vioxx, a popular painkiller it took off the market in
2004, posed a heart attack risk.
After a two-week trial and just over two hours of
deliberating, jurors rejected the claim
of Kentucky resident Robert Garry Smith, 57, that his heart attack in February 2003 was
caused by Vioxx, which he'd taken for about four months for arthritis pain.