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August 6, 2006

Merck Prevails in First California Vioxx Trial

A Los Angeles jury cleared drug manufacturer Merck & Co. of liability in a case brought by a 71-year-old man who claimed his heart ailments were caused by the defendant's painkiller, Vioxx.  The jury determined that Merck was not negligent, adequately warned of the drug's potential cardiac risks, and that the drug did not cause the plaintiff's health problems.  Merck has now won five Vioxx cases that have gone to trial and lost three, a record that no doubt fortifies the company's oft-stated position that it will defend these cases one at a time.  See Alex Veiga's story for the Associated Press.  Another Vioxx trial is now underway in federal court in New Orleans.  Stay tuned!

JDP

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